Advanced pancreatic NETs
Many pancreatic NETs have spread at the time of diagnosis. This is considered advanced cancer and the main aims of treatment will be to control the disease and relieve symptoms. People with advanced pancreatic NETs can live a long time with the disease.
Learn about these treatment options for advanced pancreatic NETs:
- Surgery to relieve symptoms
- Somatostatin analogues (SSAs)
- Targeted therapy
- Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT)
- Treatment for liver tumours
The treatment options described for advanced pancreatic NETs are generally considered palliative treatment because their main aim is to improve quality of life by reducing symptoms. Palliative treatment is one aspect of palliative care. See Palliative care for more.
Watch video on how palliative treatment aims to manage symptoms and improve people’s quality of life without trying to cure the disease.
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Dr Lorraine Chantrill, Head of Department, Medical Oncology, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, NSW; Marion Bamblett, Nurse Unit Manager, Cancer Centre, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA; Prof Katherine Clark, Clinical Director of Palliative Care, Northern Sydney Local Health District Cancer and Palliative Care Network, and Conjoint Professor, Northern Clinical School, The University of Sydney, NSW; Lynda Dunstone, Consumer; Kate Graham, Accredited Practising Dietitian – Upper GI Dietitian, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Dr Gina Hesselberg, Radiation Oncologist, St George Hospital Cancer Centre, NSW; Dr Marni Nenke, Endocrinologist and Mary Overton Early Career Research Fellow, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA; Caitriona Nienaber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council WA; A/Prof Nicholas O’Rourke, Head of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Royal Brisbane Hospital and The University of Queensland, QLD; Rose Rocca, Senior Clinical Dietitian – Upper GI, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Gail Smith, Consumer. We also thank the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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