Your treatment depends on the position of the cancer in the pancreas, how big it is, whether it has spread, and your general health.

Preparing for treatment and life afterwards (prehabilitation)

There are things you can do to help you feel more in control of your physical and mental health when preparing for treatment. In the hospital, preparing for treatment is also called prehabilitation or prehab.

Treatment options for pancreatic cancer

The main treatments for pancreatic cancer include surgery and chemotherapy. Find out how your doctor decides which treatment you can have.


The type of surgery you have depends on where the cancer is in your pancreas. Find out about the different types of surgery for pancreatic cancer, what happens before surgery and how you might feel after your operation.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. Find out about chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, how you have it, and the drugs you might have.


Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. You may have it on its own or with chemotherapy (chemoradiotherapy). Find out when you might have radiotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

Follow up

You'll have follow up appointments and tests after treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Advanced cancer

Advanced pancreatic cancer means the cancer has spread outside the pancreas to other areas of the body. Find out about treatment to help control the cancer, relieve symptoms, and where to get support.

Research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest UK research looking at pancreatic cancer, as well as how you can take part in clinical trials.

Last reviewed: 
01 Oct 2019
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