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Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of the pancreas, which is an organ in the abdomen that releases enzymes that aid digestion and hormones that manage blood sugar. The pancreas has two main types of cells: exocrine and endocrine. Most pancreatic cancers develop in the organ’s exocrine cells and are considered exocrine pancreatic cancers. In general, pancreatic cancer spreads quickly and isn’t detected until it’s advanced. Although it’s not usually clear what causes pancreatic cancer, factors like smoking and diabetes increase the risk.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our multidisciplinary team of pancreatic cancer experts works with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your specific diagnosis and needs.

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Treatment options

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Pancreatic cancer treatment may involve minimally invasive gastroenterology techniques, chemotherapy and/or interventional radiology. Typically, treatment plans depend on the type and stage of the cancer, and the patient’s personal needs and preferences. Common treatments include:

Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy may be used alone, or in combination with other treatments like radiation therapy or surgery.

Gastroenterology
Gatroenterology involves using minimally invasive procedures to treat pancreatic tumors and relieve symptoms of the disease.

Interventional radiology
Doctors use interventional radiology in pancreatic cancer treatment to perform real-time image-guided interventional procedures.

Radiation therapy
Radiation therapy allows doctors to target difficult-to-reach tumors in the pancreas.

Surgery
Surgery is often an option to treat pancreatic cancer when a tumor may be safely and completely removed.

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Supportive care

Supportive care clinicians help pancreatic cancer patients maintain their physical, emotional and spiritual wellness before, during and after cancer treatment. That’s important because pancreatic cancer and its treatments may cause side effects, such as a decreased ability by the body to digest and absorb nutrients, discomfort after eating and fatigue. Supportive care therapies for pancreatic cancer patients may include:

​Nutrition therapy

Every patient has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian.

​Pain management

Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on reducing pain and improving quality of life through an integrative approach to care.

​Mind-body medicine

​Our mind-body medicine program is designed to support you and your caregivers before, during and after cancer treatment.

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"For more than two years, I returned to CTCA every month for five to six days at a time. I received chemotherapy intravenously and took advantage of all the supportive care services CTCA offered."

Chris Parrish

Chris P.

Pancreatic Cancer

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