Chemotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Specially formulated medications to treat pancreatic cancer.

Chemotherapy is the treatment most commonly associated with cancer, but not every pancreatic cancer patient will need it. 

Our multidisciplinary pancreatic cancer team includes medical oncologists, physicians who specialize in chemotherapy, who will work closely with you to customize the most appropriate treatment. 

Types of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer

Chemotherapy uses drugs to damage or destroy cancer cells. We inject, or infuse, a combination of medications into the bloodstream to attack cancer cells in the pancreas or, if the cancer has spread, in other areas of the body. 

Chemotherapy may be used at any stage of pancreatic cancer:

  • Before surgery (neoadjuvant treatment) to try to shrink the tumor. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is sometimes given along with radiation prior to surgery.
  • After surgery (adjuvant treatment) to try to kill any cancer cells that have been left behind. Adjuvant chemotherapy is sometimes given along with radiation, following surgery.

Chemotherapy is commonly used when the cancer is advanced and can’t be removed completely with surgery, or if surgery isn’t an option for some other reason. 

Your medical oncologist will outline your chemotherapy treatment options and what to expect during your chemotherapy treatment.

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