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What are the treatment options for stage 1 pancreatic cancer?

The treatments for pancreatic cancer include those that remove the cancer, those that prevent the cancer from advancing, and those that relieve symptoms. If the pancreatic cancer is discovered in stage 1, surgery may be an option. Depending on where the tumor is located, the surgery may remove the head, body, and/or tail of the pancreas. Other organs, or parts of organs, such as the spleen, stomach, and intestines, may need to be removed as well. Be aware that only a small percentage of pancreatic cancers are discovered in time to be surgically removed.

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy, often combined with a surgical procedure, may also be used. In addition, there are a variety of newer treatment options under investigation. These include new drugs, new surgeries, and genetic approaches to treating pancreatic cancer. They also include biologic therapies, in which the person's own immune system is stimulated to fight the cancer.

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