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.
Treatment for the symptoms or health conditions caused by
cancer or cancer treatment.
An operation to remove or repair a part of the body.
The normal-looking tissue around the edge of the tumor
removed during surgery.
Treatment with drugs that specifically target cancer cells.
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.
Surgery to remove the head of the pancreas and parts of
other nearby organs. Also called pancreatoduodenectomy.