What Is Chemotherapy in Pancreatic Cancer Treatment?

Q:

What is chemotherapy in pancreatic cancer treatment?

A:

Chemotherapy is cancer treatment that uses drugs to kill cancer cells by preventing them from growing and dividing.

There are currently four chemotherapy drugs approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of pancreatic cancer:

ABRAXANE® (albumin-bound paclitaxel),
Gemzar® (gemcitabine),
5-FU (fluorouracil),
ONIVYDE® (irinotecan liposome injection).

Chemotherapy drugs can be given through a vein into the bloodstream or by mouth. Because chemotherapy attacks all rapidly dividing cells, including healthy cells, it can cause side effects. Some side effects include:  fatigue, diarrhea or abdominal cramping, hair loss, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, etc.

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