Pancreatic Cancer Prevention
While there is no definitive way to prevent pancreatic cancer, men and women can actively take steps to decrease their risk. Because smokers face a significantly increased risk, everyone should avoid smoking, as the use of tobacco also increases risk for a number of cancer types. Heavy alcohol consumption can lead to certain conditions that increase pancreatic cancer risk, such as chronic pancreatitis and cirrhosis, and should also be avoided. In addition, obesity can further complicate pancreatic cancer, so maintaining a healthy body weight through proper nutrition and consistent physical activity is recommended.
Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
Treatment options for pancreatic cancer patients often include surgery, radiation therapy, proton therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, ablation or embolization treatment, or palliative therapy. A combination of treatments may provide the best chance of disease control. In addition, clinical trials are conducted to identify new cancer therapies to improve treatment outcomes. Through participation in clinical trials, patients can help physicians identify new and promising drugs while expanding treatment options.