- How is pancreatic cancer treated?
- Surgery for pancreatic cancer
- Ablative methods for pancreatic cancer
- Radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer
- Chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer
- Targeted therapy for pancreatic cancer
- Pain control for pancreatic cancer
- Clinical trials for pancreatic cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapies for pancreatic cancer
How is pancreatic cancer treated?
Based on the type and stage of your pancreatic 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 produce 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 experts may be involved in your care as well; these could include nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and others.
The main types of treatment for pancreatic cancer are:
Some of these treatments may be combined. Pain control is also an important part of treatment for many patients.
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?”
Last Medical Review: 02/15/2013
Last Revised: 02/03/2014