You may be offered chemoradiation as part of a cancer research trial.
If you are having palliative radiotherapy to control the cancer, you will have it in lower doses. It is also usually a shorter course of treatment. So it is less likely to cause side effects.
Each treatment takes 10 to 15 minutes. You usually have a course of treatment daily, Monday to Friday, with a rest at the weekend. Your doctor will discuss the treatment and possible side effects with you.
We have more general information about having radiotherapy.
Radiotherapy for pancreatic cancer can cause side effects, such as:
- loss of appetite
These side effects are usually mild. They will depend on how much treatment you are having.
Having radiotherapy with chemotherapy (chemoradiation) can makes the side effects of treatment worse. Your cancer specialist will be able to advise you what to expect. They can also give you drugs to help with any side effects.