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Pancreatic Cancer

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More than cutting-edge, cutting out.

Cancer Institute of Florida is committed to providing those with pancreatic cancer the latest and most effective treatments and therapies available to treat pancreatic cancer.

Treatment Options for Pancreatic Cancer

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 Because pancreatic cancer is often advanced when it is first found, very few pancreatic tumors can be removed by surgery. The standard procedure is called a pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure).

This surgery should be done at centers that perform the procedure frequently. Some studies suggest that surgery is best performed at hospitals that do more than five of these surgeries per year.

When the tumor has not spread out of the pancreas but cannot be removed, radiation therapy and chemotherapy together may be recommended.

When the tumor has spread (metastasized) to other organs such as the liver, chemotherapy alone is usually used. Typically, a standard chemotherapy drug is used, but other drugs may be used.

For detailed information about specific pancreatic cancer chemotherapy drugs, what they are used for, ways in which they are administered, along with possible therapies, contact us today.

Patients whose tumor cannot be totally removed, but who have a blockage of the tubes that transport bile (biliary obstruction) must have that blockage relieved. There are generally two approaches to this:

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Placement of a tiny metal tube (biliary stent) during ERCP

Management of pain and other symptoms is an important part of treating advanced pancreatic cancer. Hospice can help with pain and symptom management, and provide psychological support for patients and their families during the illness.