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Palliative treatment for unresectable pancreatic and biliary cancer is most typically directed at symptoms of local invasion, including obstructive jaundice, duodenal obstruction, and cancer-related pain. Surgical and nonsurgical therapeutic options should be considered depending on the individual situation. As with all treatment planning, palliative therapy should be planned using a multidisciplinary approach, including input from the surgeon, gastroenterologist,radiologist, and medical and radiation oncologist.