Stage 2 pancreatic cancer

Stage 2 pancreatic cancer may have grown larger and spread to some of the lymph nodes.

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 2 pancreatic cancer?

Stage 2 cancer means that the cancer may have grown larger. It may have spread to a small number of lymph nodes near the pancreas. It has not spread to large blood vessels near the pancreas.

Diagram showing stage 2 pancreatic cancer

Diagram showing stage 2 pancreatic cancer


Possible treatments: You might be able to have surgery to remove the cancer. But this depends on how far it’s spread. You might also be offered chemotherapy. This might sometimes be followed with chemotherapy combined with radiotherapy (chemoradiotherapy).

Read more about cancer that can be removed with surgery.

Get support

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

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

Speak to our nurses
Specialist nurse Nicci

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.

Order the booklet
Newly diagnosed booklet

Published November 2022 

To be reviewed November 2025