Stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Stage 4 pancreatic cancer has spread to other parts of your body.

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 4 pancreatic cancer?

Stage 4 cancer means that the cancer has spread to other parts of your body. It may have spread to the lungs, liver or lining of your tummy (peritoneum). This is advanced or metastatic cancer.

Diagram showing stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Diagram showing stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Our specialist nurse, Nicci, explains what this diagnosis means and where you can get support. Linda shares her experience of how she coped with a diagnosis of advanced pancreatic cancer.

Possible treatments: You may be able to have chemotherapy to slow down the growth of the cancer. Treatment for stage 4 cancer won’t cure the cancer, but it may help you live longer and generally feel better. You can also have treatments to manage any symptoms .

Your doctor or nurse may call the cancer inoperable or unresectable, which means that surgery is not an option.

Read more about advanced pancreatic cancer.

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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Pancreatic Cancer Nurse Jeni Jones

Read our booklet for people just diagnosed

If you have just been diagnosed with locally advanced or advanced cancer, download our booklet: Pancreatic cancer if you can’t have surgery (inoperable cancer). 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