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Goal of Radiation Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

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.

 
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