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How is advanced pancreatic cancer treated?

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Depending on the type and stage of you might get chemotherapy treatments alone or combined with radiation. You might get them before surgery to shrink the tumor and make the procedure easier, or to relieve symptoms like pain. You might get them even if you don't have surgery, or if the tumor has spread to your lymph nodes, to help you live longer. Prescription medications, usually narcotics, can help manage pain associated with advanced pancreatic cancer.

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Pancreatic Cancer." 

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

The National Pancreas Foundation: "About Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 25, 2020

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Pancreatic Cancer." 

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

The National Pancreas Foundation: "About Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 25, 2020

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