Five Year Survival Rates
Early-advanced stage cancer
Surgical resection is considered the only potentially curative technique for managing pancreatic cancer. However, most pancreatic cancers cannot be treated with surgery. Surgically resectable and potentially resectable pancreatic cancers are those found just in the pancreas or have only spread just outside the pancreas but not into nearby major blood vessels. Surgical resection involves removing part or all of the pancreas as well as nearby organs, ducts, blood vessels, and lymph nodes depending upon the location of the tumor in the pancreas. This is often then followed by chemotherapy and in some cases radiation therapy. Unresectable cancers that have not yet spread to distant organs but still cannot be removed with surgery are often treated with chemotherapy or sometimes chemotherapy with radiation.
Metastatic Stage Cancer
Metastatic pancreatic cancer is most often managed with chemotherapy, sometimes in combination with targeted therapy. Palliative interventions are often used in patients with unresectable or metastatic cancers in order to prevent/relieve symptoms or fix problems like a blocked bile duct. Pain control is often an important part of treatment for many patients as well as therapy to manage nutritional deficiencies. Many patients choose to participate in clinical trials investigating novel treatment approaches.
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