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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2017


Cancer treatments


The cancer treatment that you and your doctors

agree on should be reported in the treatment plan.

It is also important to note the goal of treatment and

the chance of a good treatment outcome. In addition,

all known side effects should be listed and the time

required to treat them should be noted.

Your treatment plan may change because of new

information. You may change your mind about

treatment. Tests may find new results. How well

the treatment is working may change. Any of these

changes may require a new treatment plan.




Surgery removes the tumor along with some

normal-looking tissue around its edge.



Radiation kills cancer cells or stops new cancer

cells from being made.



Drugs can be used to kill cancer cells anywhere

in the body.



Chemotherapy drugs kill fast-growing cells,

including cancer cells and normal cells.



Targeted therapy drugs specifically target

cancer cells.



Clinical trials are an important treatment option

for people with pancreatic cancer.



There is often more than one treatment option

for patients, including clinical trials.

Complementary and

alternative medicine



omplementary and





is a group of treatments sometimes used by

people with cancer. Many CAMs are being

studied to see if they are truly helpful.



Complementary medicines are meant to be

used alongside standard therapies, most

often for relaxation, improving your health,

or to prevent or reduce side effects.



Alternative medicine is treatment or

techniques that are used instead of

standard treatments such as chemotherapy

or radiation. Some are sold as cures even

though they haven’t been proven to work in

clinical trials.

Many cancer centers or local hospitals have

complementary therapy programs that offer

acupuncture, yoga, and other types of therapy.

It’s important to tell your treatment team if

you are using any complementary medicine,

especially supplements, vitamins, or herbs.

Some of these things can interfere with your

cancer treatment. For more information about

CAM, ask your doctor and visit the websites in

Part 6.