Chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer

Chemotherapy treatment is the use of cytotoxic (cell-killing) medicines to destroy cancer cells. It is an important treatment option for many types of cancer.

Click here for a list of chemotherapy drugs commonly used for pancreatic cancer.

You may have chemotherapy on its own or alongside other treatments such as radiotherapy or surgery. Usually you will be given chemotherapy by injection into a vein (intravenous). You may also be able to take certain types of chemotherapy as tablets or capsules by mouth (orally). Drugs taken orally are absorbed into the blood from your digestive system. The medicine is distributed to the fast growing cells in your body, therefore is sometimes called systemic therapy.

The majority of chemotherapies for pancreatic cancer are given as an out-patient, however this depends on the type of chemotherapy prescribed. It is sometimes possible to have chemotherapy at home. Your oncologist will discuss with you how and where you will have your chemotherapy and any possible side-effects.

Click on the link for information on pancreatic cancer clinical trials currently open in the UK

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Information Product No. PCA0031v1 | Published: 15/03/2015 | Last Updated: 21/08/2019 | Next Review Due: 15/03/2018