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Goal of Radiation Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Radiation treatment is also called radiotherapy. The goal is to use radiation to kill or shrink cancer cells. If you had surgery for early-stage pancreatic cancer (Stage I or II), radiation can help kill any cancer cells that remain in or near your pancreas. If your cancer has spread beyond your pancreas and the nearby areas, your doctor may use radiation to shrink the cancer and ease your symptoms.

Online Medical Reviewer: Alteri, Rick MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Coleman, JoAnn RN, MS, ACNP, AOCN®
Online Medical Reviewer: Kim Stump-Sutliff, RN, MSN, AOCNS
Online Medical Reviewer: Lee, James J. MD, PhD
Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Date Last Reviewed: 9/13/2009
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