Your Treatment Team for Pancreatic Cancer
There are many different types of treatment available, depending on the stage of the cancer. Both standard treatment and the latest clinical trials are available for Moffitt patients.
Surgery is the standard treatment for tumors that can be removed. The pancreatic surgery team has expertise in a variety of procedures, including the Whipple procedure; distal pancreatectomy; splenectomy; central pancreatectomy; resection of tumors involving blood vessels; palliative bypass procedures; and laparoscopic procedures.
Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses therapeutic drugs to slow tumor growth or prevent recurrence. It is often prescribed in addition to surgery or radiation therapy. Chemotherapy can be taken by mouth or injected into a vein or muscle. Novel combination chemotherapy and novel biologic agent therapy are offered.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells. The Moffitt pancreatic team also offers the latest stereotactic body radiotherapy.
Clinical Research Trials
The GI Tumor Program supports landmark research in drug discovery, surgery, molecular therapy, immune therapy, endoscopy, risk assessment and detection. Breakthrough discoveries in the lab become early stage translational research studies and then patient clinical trials. Moffitt is known for its cutting-edge research in personalized medicine, which designs targeted treatments that improve patient outcomes, reduce side effects and prevent disease recurrence.
Treatment for Pain
Pain can occur when the tumor presses on the nerves or other organs near the pancreas. Both nerve blocks and a pain pump are available to reduce pain.
Surgery to remove the pancreas may interfere with the production of pancreatic enzymes.