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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:

  • Palliative surgery or stent placement to bypass blocked areas in ducts or the small intestine.
  • Palliative radiation therapy to shrink the tumor.
  • Other palliative medical care to reduce symptoms, such as nerve blocks to relieve pain.
  • Chemotherapy.
  • 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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Among common cancers, pancreatic cancer has one of the poorest prognoses. Because pancreatic cancer often grows and spreads long before it causes any symptoms, only about 6% of patients are still alive five years after diagnosis. For some pancreatic patients, however, a complex surgery known as the Whipple procedure may extend life and could be a potential cure. Those who undergo a successful Whipple procedure may have a five-year survival rate of up to 25%. The classic Whipple procedure is named...

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    Last Updated: September 04, 2014
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