Stage 1 pancreatic cancer

Stage 1 pancreatic cancer is early, localised cancer.

Stages of pancreatic cancer

You may be told the stage of cancer. This describes the size of the cancer, if it has spread outside the pancreas and where to.

What is stage 1 pancreatic cancer?

Stage 1 cancer means that the cancer is contained inside your pancreas. This is early, localised pancreatic cancer. This is also called operable or resectable cancer because surgery may be possible.

Diagram showing stage 1 pancreatic cancer

Diagram showing stage 1 pancreatic cancer


Possible treatments:  Surgery to remove the cancer and chemotherapy after the surgery.

Read more about cancer that can be removed with surgery.

Get support

If you have any questions about your diagnosis or treatment options, speak to your doctor or nurse.

You can also speak to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line

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Read our booklet for people just diagnosed

If you have just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and have been told you can have surgery, download our booklet: Pancreatic cancer that can be removed by surgery. A guide if you have just been diagnosed.

You can also order a printed copy.

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Newly diagnosed booklet

Published November 2022

To be reviewed November 2025