Medical Therapy

Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to treat cancerous cells. In most cases, chemotherapy works by interfering with the cancer’s ability to grow or reproduce. Different groups of drugs work in different ways to fight cancer cells. Your oncologist will recommend a treatment plan specific to your type of pancreatic cancer. Chemotherapy may be given alone, or in combination with surgery and radiation therapy.

Other medication may be given to relieve symptoms and/or reduce pain. If chemotherapy is the best option for you, whether on its own, or before or along with surgery, our medical oncology team will work together with you to develop a treatment plan that’s specific to your body and type of cancer.

Medical treatments for pancreatic cancer may include:

  • Neoadjuvant therapy
  • Adjuvant therapy
  • Chemotherapy and/or biologic therapy
  • Participation in clinical trials

What to expect from chemotherapy treatment