A patient's treatment plan depends on the stage of the disease, as well as the patient's general health and additional factors. It is important to understand that each person's cancer is slightly different - even if the stages are exactly the same. If you are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you should discuss your treatment options carefully and thoroughly with your physician.
Options for treating pancreatic cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and palliative care, depending on the specific characteristics of the cancer.
John Chabot, MD of the Pancreas Center and surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, discusses when surgery is appropriate for patients with pancreatic cancer as well as the advances made in pancreatic surgical options.