Pancreatic Cancer (cont.)

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What research is being done on pancreatic cancer?

Doctors and researchers all over the world are hard at work developing better treatments for pancreatic cancer. Cooperative research led by centers of excellence in this country and many others continue daily to test new surgical techniques, radiation strategies, chemotherapy agents, and alternative therapies in an effort to improve care. Given the slow progress experienced over the last quarter century, many doctors feel that every eligible patient with pancreatic cancer should be offered enrollment in a research trial. For a complete list of clinical trials in pancreatic cancer treatment, please check online at http://www.cancer.gov.

Is complimentary or alternative medicine effective in pancreatic cancer treatment?

Complimentary or alternative medicine is of unclear benefit in pancreatic cancer treatment. No specific complimentary or alternative therapy has been proven beneficial, but many adjunctive treatments have been tried. Compounds such as curcumin, the principle ingredient in turmeric, have shown efficacy in nonhuman research and are being tested in clinical trials in pancreatic cancer. Given the modest benefit derived from chemotherapy and radiation in this disease, alternative approaches in the treatment of pancreatic cancer in conjunction with (rather than instead of) standard treatment is warranted.

Can pancreatic cancer be prevented?

At this time there is no known surveillance strategy to reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer for the general population. With only 40,000 new diagnoses a year occurring in a country with over 300 million people, screening blood tests or X-rays have never been proven to be cost effective or beneficial. Additionally, doctors do not routinely screen individuals with family members diagnosed with the disease aside from the rare instance where a known genetic risk factor is present.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/29/2013

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