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What is the role of surgery and radiation for metastatic pancreatic cancer?

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In metastatic pancreatic cancer, surgery is used only for symptom control, such as for pain, jaundice, or gastric outlet obstruction. Radiation may be used for symptom relief, as well.

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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