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Pancreatic Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - 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, new anticancer therapies, or biologic therapy.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent pancreatic cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

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Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

The pancreas is a gland that produces hormones, such as insulin (which helps control blood sugar levels) and digestive juices.  Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), formerly called islet cell tumors, are rare cancers that arise from hormone-producing cells in the pancreas. Only about 2,500 cases of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors are reported in the U.S. each year. Pancreatic NETs make up only about 2% of all pancreatic tumors.  

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Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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