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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  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 ...

  4. Treatment Option Overview

    There are different types of treatment for patients with pancreatic cancer. Different types of treatment are available for patients with pancreatic cancer. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment),and some are being tested in clinical trials. Before starting treatment,patients may want to think about taking part in a clinical trial. A treatment clinical trial is a ...

  5. Glucagonoma

    STANDARD TREATMENT OPTIONS: Single lesion in head of pancreas or single lesion less than 1.0 cm in tail of pancreas: Enucleation,if feasible. Single lesion in body/tail greater than 1.0 cm: Distal pancreatectomy. Multiple lesions: Resect body and tail. Metastatic disease-lymph nodes or distant sites: Resect when possible. Consider radiofrequency or cryosurgical ablation if not resectable. ...

  6. 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 ...

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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 or call 1-800-4-CANCER.Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

  8. Recurrent Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

    Recurrent pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are tumors that have recurred (come back) after being treated. The tumors may come back in the pancreas or in other parts of the body.

  9. Stages of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

    The plan for cancer treatment depends on where the NET is found in the pancreas and whether it has spread. The process used to find out if cancer has spread within the pancreas or to other parts of the body is called staging. The results of the tests and procedures used to diagnose pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are also used to find out whether the cancer has spread. See the General Information section for a description of these tests and procedures. Although there is a standard staging system for pancreatic NETs, it is not used to plan treatment. Treatment of pancreatic NETs is based on the following: Whether the cancer is found in one place in the pancreas.Whether the cancer is found in several places in the pancreas.Whether the cancer has spread to lymph nodes near the pancreas or to other parts of the body such as the liver, lung, peritoneum, or bone.There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body.The three ways that cancer spreads in the body are:Through tissue.

  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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