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What chemotherapy drugs can be used for pancreatic cancer?

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  • Chemotherapy includes cancer drugs that travel through the whole body. Chemotherapy ("chemo") kills pancreatic cancer cells in the main tumor as well as those that have spread widely. These chemotherapy drugs can be used for pancreatic cancer: 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or capecitabine
  • Gemcitabine

You would take both 5-FU and gemcitabine intravenously during regular visits to an oncologist. Your doctor may substitute an oral drug, capecitabine, for 5-FU, especially with radiation.

SOURCES:

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

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gunturu, KS. , March 2013. Med Oncol

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 26, 2020

SOURCES:

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

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gunturu, KS. , March 2013. Med Oncol

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 26, 2020

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