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How does surgery treat pancreatic cancer?

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Surgery is generally done to attempt to cure pancreatic cancer, but it may also ease or prevent symptoms. Prior to surgery your doctor will determine if your tumor can be removed (he may call it resectable). He'll then categorize it by how safely he can remove it. You might get chemotherapy and radiation together before surgery, to slow cancer growth.

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

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 10, 2019

SOURCES:

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

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 10, 2019

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