Some Potential Treatments for Pancreatic NET

Some potential treatments to consider

Depending on the stage of the cancer, several treatments may be available.

Surgery
If the tumor is small, it can be removed through surgery. The surgery may also involve removing part of the small intestine, lymph nodes, and surrounding tissues.

Radiation therapy
Uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing. Radiation is typically used to ease the pain and symptoms of pNET.

Chemotherapy
Uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. There are some chemotherapy medicines available to patients with pNET, but not many, and these are not a standard treatment for this type of cancer. Because other cells in the body also divide very quickly (bone marrow cells and hair follicles, for example), these cells are also often affected by chemotherapy. This can lead to certain side effects. Therefore, it is rarely used to treat pNET. More often, a therapy that acts on specific or unique features of cancer cells is more often used in combination with surgery.

Hormone therapy
Somatostatin analogs (SSAs) may be prescribed if the tumor is a functional pNET. SSAs help to control the symptoms caused by a functional tumor’s ability to release excess hormones into the body.

Other drugs that inhibit a specific or unique feature of cancer cells
Drug therapy that treats pNET in a few different ways. SUTENT is one of those therapies; it blocks an enzyme and keeps tumors from making their own blood vessels, which are needed to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to help them survive and grow. In so doing, SUTENT can slow cancer growth and may prevent the spread of cancer cells. SUTENT is not a cure, and not all patients will experience the same results.

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