The greatest factor determining treatment and outlook of any cancer is how far it has spread. Once doctors understand the type and stage of the cancer they are dealing with, they can create a Palmer pancreatic cancer treatment plan. Because pancreatic cancer moves so fast, it is important to develop a plan quickly no matter what stage the cancer is in.
There are two main types of cells in the pancreas: exocrine and endocrine. Each type of cell has a risk of developing cancer, but the type of cell and hormone affected will determine treatment.
Doctors at our Palmer cancer center look at different aspects of the tumors in order to determine the stage. When test results come back, they will usually have a T, N, or M next to it.
An X means doctors could not assess the tumor. Doctors combine these three numbers to identify stage, which could be I through IV.
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Although pancreatic cancer is relatively rare, it is also fast moving. About 20 percent of patients with a diagnosis make it through to the next year. There are many factors that affect survival rate, including the type and stage of the cancer and the Palmer pancreatic cancer treatment methods used. At Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center, hope is here. Our doctors will create a plan tailored to your needs, and we will explore all of our options to fight your cancer. For more information about our treatment methods, contact us by calling 907-707-1333.