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Pancreatic Cancer Treatments by Stage

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Palliative Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer

As pancreatic cancer progresses, the No. 1 priority of treatment will shift from extending life to alleviating symptoms, especially pain. Numerous treatments can help protect against the discomfort from advanced pancreatic cancer:

  • Procedures like bile duct stents can relieve jaundice, thus reducing  itching and loss of appetite associated with bile obstruction.
  • Opiod analgesics can help relieve pain.
  • Antidepressants and counseling can help treat depression common in advanced pancreatic cancer.

Clinical Trials for Pancreatic Cancer

New pancreatic cancer treatments are constantly being tested in clinical trials. You can find out about clinical trials for the latest treatments for pancreatic cancer on the web sites of the American Cancer Society or the National Cancer Institute.

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Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on May 01, 2012

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