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How is locally advanced (unresectable) pancreatic cancer treated?

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If you have locally advanced pancreatic cancer, surgery can't remove the entire tumor. Since surgery to remove only part of the pancreatic cancer has proven ineffective, non-surgical therapies may work best.

Treatment consists of chemotherapy, with or without radiation therapy. Either 5-FU or gemcitabine can extend life in people with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

SOURCES:

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

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gunturu, KS. Med Oncol, March 2013.

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 26, 2020

SOURCES:

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

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gunturu, KS. Med Oncol, March 2013.

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 26, 2020

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