Neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapies for pancreatic cancer

Other treatments may be used before surgery for pancreatic cancer to shrink the tumour (neoadjuvant), or after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells (adjuvant).

Your doctor may suggest the following:

  • chemotherapy to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, either before or after surgery
  • chemotherapy combined with radiotherapy (chemoradiation) after surgery to reduce the chance of the cancer returning.

For more on chemotherapy and radiotherapy, including management of side effects, see Advanced pancreatic cancer.


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