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  1. Treatment Option Overview

    Localized DiseaseIf technically and medically feasible, primary management of endocrine tumors of the pancreas involves surgical resection with curative intent. Given the rare nature of these tumors, surgical approaches are based upon case series and expert opinion rather than randomized controlled trials.[1] The surgical options listed below are based on retrospective series from single reporting centers.[2,3,4][Level of evidence: 3iiD or 3iiiD] Adjuvant therapy has no proven benefit and is, therefore, investigational. There have been no well-controlled trials of adjuvant therapy after complete tumor resection.[5]Surgical Cytoreduction for MetastasesSurgery plays a role even in the setting of metastatic disease. The symptoms of metastatic functional pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) may be ameliorated by the reduction of overall tumor burden through surgical debulking.The liver is a common site of metastasis from pancreatic NETs. Because of the slow growth rate of many NETs,

  2. Stage I and II Pancreatic Cancer

    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.) Approximately 20% of patients present with pancreatic cancer amenable to local ...

  3. Treatment Options for Recurrent Pancreatic Cancer

    Treatment of recurrent pancreatic cancer may include the following: Chemotherapy. Palliative surgery or stent placement to bypass blocked areas in ducts or the small intestine. Palliative radiation therapy. Other palliative medical care to reduce symptoms,such as nerve blocks to relieve pain. Clinical trials of chemotherapy or biologic therapy. This summary section refers to specific ...

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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http://cancer.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

  5. To Learn More About Pancreatic Cancer

    For more information from the National Cancer Institute about pancreatic cancer,see the following: Pancreatic Cancer Home Page What You Need to Know About™ Cancer of the Pancreas For general cancer information and other resources from the National Cancer Institute,see the following: What You Need to Know About™ Cancer - An Overview Understanding Cancer Series: Cancer Staging: Questions and ...

  6. Miscellaneous Islet Cell Tumors

    Standard treatment options for islet cell carcinoma.

  7. Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer

    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 low objective response rate and lack of survival benefit with current ...

  8. Get More Information From NCI

    Sources of further information about Islet Cell Carcinoma (Endocrine Pancreas) Treatment

  9. 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 ...

  10. Treatment Options for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

    A link to a list of current clinical trials is included for each treatment section. For some types or stages of cancer, there may not be any trials listed. Check with your doctor for clinical trials that are not listed here but may be right for you.Gastrinoma Treatment of gastrinoma may include supportive care and the following:For symptoms caused by too much stomach acid, treatment may be a drug that decreases the amount of acid made by the stomach.For a single tumor in the head of the pancreas:Surgery to remove the tumor.Surgery to cut the nerve that causes stomach cells to make acid and treatment with a drug that decreases stomach acid.Surgery to remove the whole stomach (rare).For a single tumor in the body or tail of the pancreas, treatment is usually surgery to remove the body or tail of the pancreas.For several tumors in the pancreas, treatment is usually surgery to remove the body or tail of the pancreas. If tumor remains after surgery, treatment may include either:Surgery to

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