How do medications treat stage 2 pancreatic cancer?

Although surgery is the most successful treatment for pancreatic cancer, it may not be possible for every person. A number of different drugs may be used to treat stage 2 pancreatic cancer, either in addition to surgery, or if surgery is not possible, to keep the cancer from advancing.

Drugs used in chemotherapy are used to kill the cancerous cells in the pancreas. Other drugs may be used to prevent cancer cells from growing, reproducing, and spreading to other parts of the body.

Medications may also be used to relieve the pain caused by the tumor. These may include over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medications.

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