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Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer - How to prevent?

Pancreatic Cancer - Treatments

Surgery continues to be the treatment of choice for  early pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, most patients are not candidates for curative surgery because of the advanced stage of disease when diagnosed. Even when curative surgery is not possible, bypass procedures may be performed during the time of surgery to relieve the jaundice and itching to improve the patient's quality of life. 

Chemotherapy and occasionally radiotherapy may also be considered as an additional treatment after curative surgery to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.

In patients with advancd disease, palliative chemotherapy may be offered to prolong life as well as to improve symptoms such as pain. Patients may also be invited to join a clinical trial where suitable and available.

Prognosis of Pancreas Cancer

Even with curative surgery, risk of recurrence is high and about half of patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma survive between 2 to 3 years. The chance of surviving to 5 years after curative surgery is about 20%. For patients with advanced inoperable pancreatic cancer, most patients do not live beyond a year, even with palliative chemotherapy

Pancreatic Cancer - Preparing for surgery

Pancreatic Cancer - Post-surgery care

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