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How is surgery used for pancreatic cancer?

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Surgery is generally done to attempt to cure pancreatic cancer, but it may also be done to lessen or prevent symptoms. Chemotherapy and radiation are often given together, prior to, after, or even without surgery, to slow pancreatic cancer's growth. Palliative care aims to reduce discomfort for people whose pancreatic cancer cannot be cured.

From: Pancreatic Cancer Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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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 July 30, 2017

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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 July 30, 2017

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