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Main drugs for pancreatic cancer

The main chemotherapy drug combinations for pancreatic cancer are listed here with the brand name of each drug in brackets.

The chemotherapy drugs you have will depend on a number of things, including:

  • how well you are
  • your medical history
  • your blood test results.

First-line chemotherapy

The first chemotherapy drugs you have are called first-line chemotherapy. This includes the following options.

Second-line chemotherapy

When one chemotherapy treatment stops working or if it hasn’t worked, different chemotherapy drugs may be used to try to control the cancer for longer. This is called second-line chemotherapy. There are different options which may be tried.

There are some clinical trials for second-line chemotherapy. Speak to your doctor or nurse about what chemotherapy treatments or clinical trials are available that might be suitable for you.

More chemotherapy information 

Published May 2017

Review date May 2019

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