Treatment options for pancreatic cancer

Stages of pancreatic cancer

Staging shows how advanced the cancer is which is important to help doctors understand the best treatment decisions. Find out more and about the treatment options available depending on the stage of your cancer.

Treatment for pancreatic cancer depends on the stage of the tumour and if it can be removed.

If your cancer is operable then the aim of treatment will be to cure the disease. If the cancer is more advanced, then treatment will focus on managing any symptoms and stopping the tumour growing or spreading. 

Whatever the stage of your disease, your pancreas will have been damaged and may not be working effectively. You may experience problems digesting food and require Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy (PERT). This medication can replace any loss of function from your pancreas. 

Alongside your treatment you may be interested in or hear about clinical trials. These are research studies designed to test a new medication or intervention that has not yet been licensed. The treatment offered in a clinical trial may be better, the same or worse than what you may have otherwise been offered. The positives and negatives of taking part in a clinical trial are discussed below.