The pancreas is an organ located behind your stomach next to the top of the small intestine. It is about six inches long but is less than 2 inches wide and functions as two separate organs. It has two big manufacturing jobs in the body:
It makes digestive juices that help the intestines break down food.
It produces hormones -- including insulin -- that regulate the body's use of sugars and starches.
The pancreas is divided into three sections: the head, the body, and the tail.
Pain relief by celiac axis nerve or intrapleural block (percutaneous).
Other palliative medical care alone.
Treatment options under clinical evaluation:
Clinical trials evaluating pharmacologic modulation of fluorinated pyrimidines, new anticancer agents, or biologicals (phase I and II).
Current Clinical Trials
Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent pancreatic cancer. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.
General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.
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