Pancreatic cancer prognosis largely depends on the cancer characteristics and how early it is found. Early pancreatic cancer can sometimes be cured with the Whipple procedure, but later-stage pancreatic cancer is hard to treat. Because it is difficult to detect pancreatic cancer, many people are diagnosed later, making a full recovery unlikely. Treatments such as chemo and radiation can slow the rate of cancer spread to provide a longer life for patients. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how pancreatic cancer is managed by stage and what the prognosis is for each stage.