Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, the patient may be treated
with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and/or
palliative therapies. Some patients may receive more than one or
a combination of these treatments. Pancreatic cancer clinical trials
may also be an appropriate treatment option. The Pancreatic
Cancer Action Network recommends that all patients consider clinical trials
when exploring treatment options.
Patients should seek care from hospitals and/or doctors that provide the
best quality care. In many cases, this care can be obtained through hospitals
or doctors that care for large numbers of people with pancreatic cancer.
With more experience, hospitals or doctors may have greater knowledge of
the disease and treatment options.
Treatment by stage
Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
Biliary and gastric bypass
Complementary and Alternative therapies
Specialists and cancer centers
Finding a specialist or cancer center
Seeking a second opinion
High volume surgery
Members of the healthcare team
Questions to ask the doctor
If you are a pancreatic cancer patient who will soon be making a decision about treatment, click here to learn about a program that will help you identify your questions and communicate clearly with your healthcare team.
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