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What does chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer consist of?

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Chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer includes cancer drugs that travel through the whole body. Chemotherapy 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:

Both 5-FU and gemcitabine are given into the veins during regular visits to an oncologist (cancer doctor). An oral drug, capecitabine, may be substituted for 5-FU, especially with radiation.

  • 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or capecitabine
  • Gemcitabine

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."

Gunturu, KS. , March 2013. Med Oncol

 

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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