Surgery is the only therapy with potentially curative intention in pancreatic cancer. Several studies have shown that removing only part of the cancer does not help patients live longer. Pancreaticoduodenectomy is the most common operation to remove a cancer of the exocrine pancreas. It is also sometimes used to treat pancreatic NETs.
Treatment of stage III pancreatic cancer may include the following: Palliative surgery or stent placement to bypass blocked areas in ducts or the small intestine. Chemotherapy followed by chemoradiation. Chemoradiation followed by chemotherapy. Chemotherapy with or without targeted therapy