For people who were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after using the type-2 diabetes drug Januvia (sitagliptin), treatment options vary depending on many factors. In Stage I and II, Januvia pancreatic cancer may be curable with surgery (such as the Whipple procedure).
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Januvia Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
Januvia (sitagliptin) is a type-2 diabetes drug that increases the amount of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin and lower blood-sugar levels. Unfortunately, Januvia and other GLP-1 drugs were linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in 2011, in a study published in Gastroenterology. According to the researchers, the findings raise concern about the long-term effect of GLP-1 therapy to promote pancreatic cancer.
Januvia pancreatic cancer treatment options depend on the following factors:
- Can the tumor be removed with surgery?
- What stage is the cancer? Has it spread outside the pancreas to other tissues or organs?
- Stage 0 Pancreatic Cancer: Cancer cells are found in the lining of the pancreas.
- Stage I Pancreatic Cancer: Cancer cells have formed a tumor in the pancreas only.
- Stage II Pancreatic Cancer: Cancer cells have spread to nearby tissues and organs, and may have spread to the lymph nodes.
- Stage III Pancreatic Cancer: Cancer has spread to major blood vessels and may have spread to the lymph nodes.
- Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer: Cancer has spread to other organs, such as the lungs, liver, lymph nodes, etc.
- What is the patient’s general health?
- Is the cancer new or has it recurred (come back) after a previous treatment?
Treatment Options for Stages of Pancreatic Cancer
Treatment for Stage I and II pancreatic cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Treatment for Stage III pancreatic cancer may include palliative care (treatment to relieve symptoms and complications), which may include surgery, a stent to open the bile duct or intestines if they are blocked by a tumor, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer focuses on palliative care, which may include nerve blocks to reduce pain, or surgical placement of a stent to keep the intestines and bile duct open. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also be used to reduce the size of the tumor.
Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer
If Januvia pancreatic cancer has spread beyond the pancreas (metastasized), it is very difficult or impossible to cure with surgery. Unfortunately, in more than 80% of cases, pancreatic cancer is not diagnosed until after it has metastasized and caused some noticeable symptom (abdominal pain, fatigue, weight loss, jaundice, loss of appetite, etc.).
If diagnosis occurs before the cancer spreads beyond the pancreas, the following surgical Januvia pancreatic cancer treatments could cure the cancer:
- Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy): This surgery removes the head of the pancreas, a portion of the bile duct, the gallbladder, and the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine beyond the stomach). Only about 20% of people who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are eligible for the Whipple procedure, and about 20% of those people survive more than 5 years.
- Pancreatectomy: Surgical removal of the pancreas. It may involve total removal of the pancreas, or partial, removing only the distal portion (“tail”) of the pancreas.
Januvia Pancreatic Cancer Drug Information
According to the National Cancer Institute, the following is a list of pancreatic cancer drugs that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, there may be other Januvia pancreatic cancer treatments that are not listed here:
- Adrucil (Fluorouracil)
- Efudex (Fluorouracil)
- Erlotinib Hydrochloride
- Fluoroplex (Fluorouracil)
- Gemcitabine Hydrochloride
- Gemzar (Gemcitabine Hydrochloride)
- Mitomycin C
- Mitozytrex (Mitomycin C)
- Mutamycin (Mitomycin C)
- Tarceva (Erlotinib Hydrochloride)
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