A variety of different treatments and drugs are available to individuals diagnosed with Victoza pancreatic cancer. Some treatments are standard (those currently in use by the medical community), and some are considered experimental and being tested in clinical trials. Which treatment a patient chooses depends on the stage and location of the disease, as well as his or her overall health and personal preferences.
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What treatments are used to fight Victoza pancreatic cancer?
For most individuals diagnosed with Victoza-induced pancreatic cancer, the primary method of treatment is to surgically remove the tumor. However, if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body and cannot be removed, the following types of palliative care may be implemented to relieve symptoms:
- Surgical biliary bypass – If a tumor is obstructing the small intestine and bile is accumulating in the gallbladder, a biliary bypass operation may be performed. During the procedure, the gallbladder or bile duct is cut and sewn into the small intestine to create a new path around the obstructed area.
- Endoscopic stent placement – In the event that a tumor is obstructing the bile duct, a stent may be inserted to drain bile that has accumulated. The stent may be placed through a catheter that drains to the outside of the body, or it may be positioned to go around the obstructed area and drain into the small intestine.
- Gastric bypass surgery – If a tumor is obstructing the flow of foodstuffs, the stomach may be sewn directly to the small intestine so the patient can continue eating normally.
Non-surgical treatment options for individuals diagnosed with Victoza pancreatic cancer may include:
- Radiation therapy – Involves using high-energy x-rays or other forms of radiation to eliminate cancer cells or keep them from migrating to other parts of the body. There are two separate and distinct varieties of radiation therapy. External radiation therapy uses a machine outside the body to concentrate radiation toward the tumor(s). Internal radiation involves a radioactive substance that is placed directly into or near the cancer via needles, wires or catheters. Whether a patient receives internal or external radiation therapy depends on the stage and type of the cancer.
- Chemotherapy – Uses a cocktail of medications to eliminate cancer cells, either by destroying them or by stopping them from multiplying. When drugs are taken orally or via injection into a vein or muscle, they can reach cancer cells throughout the patient’s body. This is referred to as systemic chemotherapy. When the drugs are injected directly into the cerebrospinal fluid, an organ, or a body cavity, they mainly work against cancer cells in those areas. This approach is called regional chemotherapy.
- Biologic therapy – Uses the patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. Naturally-made or synthetic substances are used to boost, direct, or enhance the body’s natural defenses against the disease. This method of treatment is also commonly referred to as biotherapy or immunotherapy.
Click here to learn more about Victoza pancreatic cancer treatments and drugs from the National Cancer Institute.
Do I Have a Victoza Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit?
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