Understanding Stages of Pancreatic Cancer on the Central Coast
Cancer stages use numbers — a low number indicates early cancers and stage IV represents the most advanced cancers. For the most effective treatment for all stages of pancreatic cancer, our doctors at Dignity Health Central Coast use a four-stage system that describes how far the cancer has spread and if surgery is a recommended treatment.
The four-stage system describes how far the cancer has spread and if surgery is a recommended treatment option. Our expert doctors use this system to stage pancreatic cancer on the Central Coast of California, then determine the best treatment plan for you.
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Care for Early to End Stages of Pancreatic Cancer at Dignity Health Central Coast
Our oncology team believes in personalized care for every person. Determining the stage of pancreatic cancer helps our doctors and health care providers develop the best treatment for you.
When explaining the stage of pancreatic cancer, besides giving you a number, such as stage IV pancreatic cancer, your doctor at Dignity Health Central Coast will also use one of these simple categories:
- Resectable are tumors your doctor can remove with surgery. They have not spread outside of the pancreas or into the blood vessels. Approximately 10 percent to 15 percent of pancreatic cancers fall into this stage.
- Borderline resectable describes a tumor that is difficult, if not impossible, to remove. Radiation and chemotherapy can help shrink any tumors so that a surgeon can remove them.
- Unresectable locally advanced means the cancer has spread outside the pancreas but not to distant parts of your body. While the cancer cannot be removed with surgery, your doctor may operate to relieve your symptoms. About four out of 10 pancreatic cancers fall into this category.
- Unresectable metastatic means the cancer has spread to other organs or body areas. Surgery can help ease your pancreatic cancer symptoms but cannot remove the tumor. Between 45 percent and 55 percent of people with the disease are diagnosed in this final stage of pancreatic cancer.
Your doctor will work with you to plan the best course of treatment for your health and well-being. In addition to medical treatments, Dignity Health Central Coast offers palliative care for your mental and physical needs. Contact us to determine the best options for you.
Dignity Health cancer doctors personalize care for all stages of pancreatic cancer on the Central Coast of California.