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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2017


stereotactic body radiation therapy

Radiation therapy given in larger doses to smaller areas

over a few short sessions of treatment.


An organ that helps to digest food by mixing it with digestive

juices to turn solid food into liquid.

superior mesenteric artery

The large, tube-shaped vessel that carries blood from the

heart to the intestines—the organ food passes through after

leaving the stomach.

superior mesenteric vein

The large, tube-shaped vessel that returns blood from the

intestines—organ food passes through after leaving the

stomach—back to the heart.

supportive care

Treatment for the symptoms or health conditions caused by

cancer or cancer treatment.


An operation to remove or repair a part of the body.

surgical margin

The normal-looking tissue around the edge of the tumor

removed during surgery.

targeted therapy

Treatment with drugs that specifically target cancer cells.

total pancreatectomy

Surgery to remove the entire pancreas and other nearby

organs and tissues.


Cancer that can’t be removed by surgery.

U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

A federal government agency that regulates drugs and food.

Whipple procedure

Surgery to remove the head of the pancreas and parts of

other nearby organs. Also called pancreatoduodenectomy.