- How is pancreatic cancer treated?
- Surgery for pancreatic cancer
- Ablative techniques for pancreatic cancer
- Radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer
- Chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer
- Pain control in pancreatic cancer
- Clinical trials for pancreatic cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapies for pancreatic cancer
- Treating pancreatic cancer by stage
- More treatment information for pancreatic cancer
How is pancreatic cancer treated?
General treatment information
Depending on the type and stage of your x cancer, you may need more than one type of treatment. Doctors on your cancer treatment team may include:
- A surgeon: a doctor who uses surgery to treat cancers or other problems
- An endocrinologist: a doctor who treats diseases in glands that secrete hormones
- A radiation oncologist: a doctor who uses radiation to treat cancer
- A medical oncologist: a doctor who uses chemotherapy and other medicines to treat cancer
Many other specialists may be involved in your care as well, including nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation specialists, and other health professionals.
The main types of treatment for pancreatic cancer are:
Pain control is also an important part of treatment for many patients.
Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, some of these treatments may be combined. For information about some of the most common approaches used based on the extent of the disease, see the section “Treating pancreatic cancer by stage.”
It is important to discuss all of your treatment options, including their goals and possible side effects, with your doctors to help make the decision that best fits your needs. It’s also very important to ask questions if there is anything you’re not sure about. You can find some good questions to ask in the section, “What should you ask your doctor about pancreatic cancer?”
See the “Additional resources for pancreatic cancer” section for other, more detailed materials on the different types of cancer treatments and their side effects.
Last Medical Review: 01/28/2013
Last Revised: 09/06/2013