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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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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. The...

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    Last Updated: September 04, 2014
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