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  1. Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis and Early Detection

    WebMD explains how pancreatic cancer is diagnosed and if there is a way to detect it early.

  2. Pancreatic Cancer Causes and Risk Factors

    Are you at risk for pancreatic cancer? Learn more from the experts at WebMD.

  3. Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

    WebMD examines the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer, including abdominal pain, weight loss, jaundice, and more.

  4. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pancreatic Cancer

    WebMD provides you with questions to ask your doctor if you've been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

  5. Get More Information From NCI

    Get more information on pancreatic cancer treatment. How to contact the National Cancer Institute (NCI) via phone (1-800-4-Cancer), online, or mail. Plus, details on how to search the NCI web site, and how to order NCI publications.

  6. Recurrent Pancreatic Cancer

    Chemotherapy occasionally produces objective antitumor response,but the low percentage of significant responses and lack of survival advantage warrant use of therapies under evaluation.[ 1 ] STANDARD TREATMENT OPTIONS: Chemotherapy (fluorouracil [ 2 ] or gemcitabine [ 3,4,5 ]). Palliative surgical bypass procedures,endoscopic or radiologically placed stents.[ 6,7 ] Palliative radiation ...

  7. Stage Information for Pancreatic Cancer

    The staging system for pancreatic exocrine cancer continues to evolve. The importance of staging beyond that of resectable and unresectable is uncertain since state-of-the-art treatment has demonstrated little impact on survival. To communicate a uniform definition of disease,however,knowledge of the extent of the disease is necessary. Cancers of the pancreas are commonly identified by the ...

  8. Treatment Options by Stage

    Stage I Pancreatic Cancer Treatment of stage I pancreatic cancer may include the following: Surgery alone. Surgery with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. A clinical trial of surgery followed by radiation therapy with chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is given before,during,and after the radiation therapy. A clinical trial of surgery followed by chemotherapy. This summary section refers to ...

  9. General Information About Pancreatic Cancer

    Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland about 6 inches long that is shaped like a thin pear lying on its side. The wider end of the pancreas is called the head,the middle section is called the body,and the narrow end is called the tail. The pancreas lies behind the stomach and in front of the spine. The ...

  10. Treatment Option Overview

    Note: Some citations in the text of this section are followed by a level of evidence. The PDQ editorial boards use a formal ranking system to help the reader judge the strength of evidence linked to the reported results of a therapeutic strategy. (Refer to the PDQ summary on Levels of Evidence for more information.) The survival rate of patients with any stage of pancreatic exocrine cancer is ..

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