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Pancreatic Islet Cell Cancer: Treatment by Type

Treatment for pancreatic islet cell cancer will vary by the type of islet cell tumor the patient has.
 
Gastrinoma
Gastrinoma treatment may include:
 
  • Surgery to remove the cancer
  • Surgery to remove the stomach (gastrectomy)
  • Surgery to cut the nerve that stimulates the pancreas
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Hepatic arterial occlusion or embolization to kill cancer cells growing in the liver.
 
Insulinoma
Insulinoma cancer treatment may include:
 
  • Surgery to remove the cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Drugs to relieve symptoms
  • Hepatic arterial occlusion or embolization to kill cancer cells growing in the liver.
 
Glucagonoma
Glucagonoma treatment may include:
 
  • Surgery to remove the cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Hepatic arterial occlusion or embolization to kill cancer cells growing in the liver.
 
Miscellaneous Islet Cell Cancer
Miscellaneous pancreatic islet cell cancer treatment may include:
 
  • Surgery to remove the cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Hepatic arterial occlusion or embolization to kill cancer cells growing in the liver.
 
Recurrent Islet Cell Carcinoma
Treatment for recurrent islet cell carcinoma will depend on many factors, including the type of pancreatic islet cell cancer treatment the patient had before and the location of where the cancer has recurred. Treatment may include chemotherapy or patients may want to consider taking part in a clinical trial.

(Click Pancreatic Cancer Research for more information.)
 
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