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How is advanced pancreatic cancer treated?

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As pancreatic cancer progresses, the main 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. For example:

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

From: Pancreatic Cancer Treatments by Stage WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gunturu, KS. , March 2013. Med Oncol

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

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