Pancreatic cancer is an uncontrolled and abnormal growth of the cells present in the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland in the body and is a part of the digestive system.
- Pain in the stomach or back area
- Unexpected weight loss
- Bowel changes
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood clots
- Fever and shivering
- Age factor
- Inflammation of the pancreas
- Stomach ulcer
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer carries out with a physical examination followed by some tests. They are
- Urine test
- Blood test
- Ultrasound scan
- Computerized tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
Depending on the results of the scan, some further tests may include
- Endoluminal ultrasonography (EUS) endoscopy
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
It is very difficult to treat pancreatic cancer. It is very often that cancer will not be detected in the early stages and rarely causes any symptoms. It is also more difficult to treat cancer, if it is large in shape. The treatment of cancer purely depends on the type and location. It is also important to consider person’s health, age and personal preferences while prescribing treatment.
There are three main types of treatment available for pancreatic cancer. They are
More intensive treatment provides doctors better chances of treating cancer. It is doctor’s role to provide best balance between the need for intensive treatment and desire to restrict side effects as much as possible. The most curative treatment for pancreatic cancer is surgical removal of all cancer and a pancreatic transplant. Chemotherapy helps patients to improve their quality of life and extend life.
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