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Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Learn how genetic test results may affect medical decisions about cancer treatment.”

Pancreatic cancer treatment in people with BRCA mutations

Knowing your BRCA status is increasingly important when making treatment decisions, because BRCA-associated cancers may respond better to certain chemotherapies, including a chemotherapy regimen that includes platinum.  Oxaliplatin is a platinum-containing drug used in some pancreatic cancer regimens. 

Knowing if you have a mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 can affect the decision to use oxaliplatin or other platinum drug in the initial chemotherapy to treat your pancreatic cancer. Some clinical trials are using PARP inhibitors to treat pancreatic cancer patients with mutations in BRCA1/2.

Updated 02/17/16

 

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