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How does radiation treat pancreatic cancer?

John A. Chabot
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Like chemotherapy, radiation therapy is sometimes used before surgery, after surgery, or both. When it is administered before surgery, the intent is to shrink the tumor enough to enable a surgeon to remove it. When it is given after an operation, the intent is to destroy any remaining cancer cells that may be present in the area. Radiation therapy is usually administered as an outpatient procedure at a hospital or clinic and is given 5 continuous days a week for 2 to 6 weeks. 

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