How does chemotherapy treat pancreatic cancer?

Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment. Chemotherapy drugs are given intravenously (through a needle in a vein) and travel in your bloodstream throughout your body. Even after surgery, pancreatic cancer can sometimes metastasize (spread). Chemotherapy is often given after surgery to try to prevent the cancer from coming back (adjuvant therapy). Chemotherapy may be given alone, with radiation, or with surgery and radiation. If you have tumors that are potentially resectable (removable by surgery), you may receive chemotherapy before or after surgery.

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