Byetta (exenatide) was linked to a nearly 3-fold increased risk of pancreatic cancer in a 2011 study published in Gastroenterology. Although the link between Byetta and pancreatic cancer is inconclusive, it is a cause for concern. Many people with pancreatic cancer require extensive treatment, drug therapy, surgery, and chemotherapy.
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UPDATE: Drug Shows Promise in Treating Pancreatic Cancer
January 22, 2013 — The New York Times reports that Celgene’s drug Apraxane plus gemcitabine has prolonged the lives of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer to 8.5 months, compared to 6.7 months for people who received gemcitabine alone. Click here to read more.
Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to treat, and it can only be controlled if it is found before it has metastasized (spread to other tissues or organs). If it is diagnosed after it has spread, treatment for pancreatic cancer is aimed at improving the patient’s quality of life by controlling symptoms and complications.
Standard treatments for pancreatic cancer include:
- Surgery: Pancreatic cancer can be removed with surgery if it has not already spread to other organs. This option presents the best option for long-term survival.
- Whipple Operation: This surgery involves removal of a tumor located in the head of the pancreas (about 20% of the total organ). The bottom half of the bile duct and small intestine is also removed. In some cases, part of the stomach may also be removed.
- Radiation therapy: This uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells.
- Chemotherapy: This treatment uses drugs to help kill cancer cells. It may also be combined with radiation therapy.
- Drug Treatments: (see below)
- Palliative care: Treatment to make the patient as comfortable as possible by alleviating symptoms and complications.
Drug Treatments for Pancreatic Cancer
There are many drugs that can be used to treat symptoms and complications of pancreatic cancer. The standard drug treatments for pancreatic cancer include:
- Gemcitabine (Gemzar)
- Capecitabine (Xeloda)
- And more
Because pancreatic cancer often causes chronic abdominal and/or back pain, most people take painkilling medications.
In advanced pancreatic cancer, the pancreas may fail to produce digestive enzymes or metabolic hormones (such as insulin and glucagon). These patients may take digestive enzyme supplements or other medications to balance blood-sugar levels.
Pancreatic Cancer Prognosis
Many factors influence long-term prognosis for people who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after using Byetta:
- Whether the tumor can be removed with surgery.
- Where the tumor is located, and its size
- The stage and size of the tumor (whether the cancer has spread to other tissue or organs)
- The general health of the patient
- Whether the tumor is new or has recurred after a previous treatment.
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