Treatment depends on the type of cancer you have, where it is, and its stage. Pancreatic cancer treatment include radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy.
- External-beam radiation therapy is used most often for pancreatic cancer patients.
- Surgery for pancreatic cancer involves removing all or part of the pancreas, depending on the size and location of the tumor in the pancreas.
- Chemotherapy is another option, which uses drugs to destroy cancerous cells, usually by stopping their ability to grow further.
- Targeted therapy is a treatment that aims to treat the cancer’s specific genes, proteins or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival. This type of treatment blocks the growth of cancer cells while controlling the damage to healthy cells.
In recent years, cancer treatment and therapies have progressed significantly. Countless patients have been cured, while others’ lives have been extended far longer than possible with these advanced treatment options.