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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Pancreatic Cancer
Answer: Pancreatic cancer is one of the more discouraging tumors in medicine. It tends to be fairly advanced prior to being detected and with rare exception has few symptoms. Treatment is currently purely surgical. That is, if it is not cured by surgery there is no effective chemotherapy
or radiotherapy. There are usually some experimental protocols for advanced pancreatic cancer due to its abysmal prognosis. Deciding how long someone will live with any cancer is pure guess-work. While experience can help-the will to live of the patient, the speed of the cancer's growth, and other factors impossible to predict make estimate difficult. Physicians are reduced to predicting outcome based on large population samples-not based on any one individual.