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How can radiation therapy treat pancreatic cancer?

Radiation therapy for the treatment of pancreatic cancer uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells. Radiation is a local therapy. It affects cancer cells only in the area being treated. You will often receive low doses of chemotherapy along with radiation to increase the effectiveness of the treatment. Radiation may be given alone, with surgery, with chemotherapy, or both.

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