What Is the Final Stage of Pancreatic Cancer?

Q:
What is the final stage of pancreatic cancer?

A:
Stage IV is the final stage of pancreatic cancer where the cancer has spread to distant sites.

It is characterized by involvement of the lungs, liver or adjacent organs such as the spleen or stomach, it may even spread to the bowel.

Stage IV pancreatic cancer can be further divided into two groups:

Stage IVA is confined locally but involves adjacent blood vessels or organs, so its location hinders surgical removal. Pancreatic cancer in stage IVA can also be termed as locally advanced or localized pancreatic cancer.

Stage IVB has spread to distant organs beyond the pancreas; this stage most typically involves the liver. Stage IVB pancreatic cancer is metastatic cancer.

Treatment approaches for stage IVA and stage IVB pancreatic cancers vary by patients, but most stage IVA pancreatic cancer is treated by inducing remission, while stage IVB treatment plans generally only look to control symptoms and pain.

Most stage IV pancreatic tumors cannot be removed surgically. Therefore, pancreatic cancer at this stage is rarely curable and usually hard to control.

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