Treating cancer of the pancreas - what are the options?

Pancreatic cancer is generally regarded as being particularly dangerous with a poor prognosis. The first question anybody asks is - can it be cured?

This question was therefore put to the Royal Free Hospital pancreatic cancer specialist surgeon, Mr Giuseppe Kito Fusai. As ever, the answer is never as easy as we would perhaps like as it often depends on how advanced the disease is as well as how much it has spread i.e. is it operable?

There are a number of treatment options, that will include Cyberknife® in some cases. As ever it is the role of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) to asses each case. However, Mr Fusai provides a straightforward account and explains how a successful outcome for treating this form of cancer is less about new drugs or radiation techniques and is more about surgical skill. Click here to read more.

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