People with pancreatic cancer often have treatments to control symptoms and make them feel more comfortable. This is known as supportive care.
Research is going on to find more effective treatments for pancreatic cancer. You may be invited to take part in a cancer research trial of a new drug or treatment.
The treatment you have depends on the stage, grade and position of the cancer. It also depends on your general health and preferences.
It is important that you have the chance to discuss treatment with your doctors. They can help you understand why they have suggested a particular plan of treatment. They can also explain how the treatment may affect you.
Your treatment will depend on whether surgery can remove (resect) the cancer.
- If the cancer is resectable, it means your doctors can remove the cancer with surgery.
- If it is borderline resectable, an operation may be possible.
- If the cancer is unresectable, it means it has spread into nearby blood vessels (locally advanced) or to other parts of the body (metastatic).