Rarely is pancreatic cancer found in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. This is due to the fact that symptoms frequently don't appear until the disease has progressed to other organs.
Pancreatic cancer treatment
Several treatments are available for pancreatic cancer depending on how far advanced the cancer is. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, or a combination of these are possible options.
Treatment for pancreatic cancer is based on a number of factors, including the location and stage of the tumor, your overall health, and if the disease has migrated outside of the pancreas. Options for treatment include:
Surgical removal: A resection is performed to remove the malignant portion of the pancreas. It is also possible to remove lymph nodes close to the pancreas. The medical procedure used to remove all or part of the pancreas is referred to as pancreatectomy. Your doctor could advise the Whipple operation if your tumor is in the head of the pancreas, which is its largest region and is situated closest to the small intestine. The pancreatic head, the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine), the gallbladder, a section of the bile duct, and adjacent lymph nodes are all removed during this surgical procedure.
Radiation therapy: High-speed energy is utilized in radiation treatment to eliminate cancer cells.
Chemotherapy: This process employs medicines that destroy cancer cells.
Immunotherapy: A form of cancer treatment that supports the immune system. About 1% of patients with pancreatic cancer and a certain genetic mutation may benefit from immunotherapy, despite the fact that it has been mainly unsuccessful against pancreatic cancer.
Targeted therapy: Specifically aimed at genes or proteins that support the growth of cancer. Usually, genetic testing is how we decide if targeted treatment is the best option for you.
Clinical trials: Discuss the possibility of enrolling in a clinical trial with your healthcare physician.