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How dangerous is Pancreatic Cancer?
Author: Quỳnh Nguyễn
Review Date: November 1, 2018 | Last Modified: January 21, 2019
How dangerous is Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer is one of the most dangerous cancer and causes a high rate of death. It is difficult to detect Pancreatic Cancer in the early stage. 

Signs and symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer usually don’t manifest until the disease is severe. Therefore, this following article will show you about how to know if there is a symptom and how to deal with this condition for a better and longer health.

Know the basics

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1. What is Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer is a type of cancer that occurs within the tissues of the pancreas. This is a vital endocrine organ located behind the stomach. The pancreas plays an important role in digestion by producing enzymes. Our body needs them to digest food containing fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.

The pancreas also excretes two important hormones: glucagon and insulin, which are responsible for controlling glucose (sugar) metabolism. Insulin helps cells metabolize glucose to make energy and glucagon help raise glucose levels when they are too low.

This type of cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related fatalities in the United States. Due to the location of the pancreas, it may be difficult to detect Pancreatic Cancer. Patient often find out this cancer in more advanced stages of the disease.

However, it can be managed by reducing your risk factors.

2. What are the symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer?

Signs and symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer usually don’t manifest until the disease is severe. As signs and symptoms do appear, they may include:

  • Upper abdominal pain that may radiate to your back
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Depression
  • Blood clots

Early diagnosis and treatment can stop this condition from worsening and prevent another medical emergency, so talk to your doctor as soon as possible to prevent this serious condition.

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consulting with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

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Diagnosis and Treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. Therefore, ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

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1. How is Pancreatic Cancer diagnosed?

If your doctor suspects that you may experience this condition, you will have to do a physical examination and some tests. To make a diagnosis, your doctor will also review your symptoms and medical history. You may have to do some tests, include:

  • CT or MRI scans to get a complete and detailed image of your pancreas
  • An endoscopic ultrasound, in which your doctor inserts down a thin, flexible tube with a camera attached into the stomach to obtain images of the pancreas
  • Biopsy, or tissue sample, of the pancreas
  • Blood tests to detect if a tumor marker CA 19-9 is present, which can indicate Pancreatic Cancer

Your doctor will assign a stage based on the test results. Those stages are when:

  • Tumors exist in the pancreas only
  • Tumors have spread to nearby abdominal tissues or lymph nodes
  • Cancer has spread to major blood vessels and lymph nodes
  • Tumors have spread to other organs, such as the liver

2. How is Pancreatic Cancer treated?

Depending on the stage of cancer, your doctor will determine the treatment. Treatment has two goals: the first one is to kill cancerous cells and the second one is to prevent the spread of the disease. Weight loss, bowel obstruction, abdominal pain, and liver failure are among the most common complications during Pancreatic Cancer treatment.

• Surgery

If the tumor has remained confined to the pancreas, doctor may recommend surgery — a final call on whether surgery is an option will be based on the exact location of cancer. If the tumor is confined to the head and neck of the pancreas, surgeon will do a procedure called the Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy).

In this procedure, the first part, or the “head” of the pancreas and about 20 percent of the “body,” or the second part, are removed. Also, the bottom half of the bile duct and the first part of the intestine are removed. In a modified version of this surgery, a part of the stomach is removed.

• Radiation Therapy

Other treatment options must be explored once cancer spreads outside of the pancreas. Radiation therapy utilizes X-rays and other high-energy beams to kill cancer cells.

• Chemotherapy

In some cases, your doctor might combine other treatments with chemo. This treatment uses cancer-killing drugs to help prevent future growth of cancer cells.

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Further information

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1. What causes Pancreatic Cancer?

Until now the cause of Pancreatic Cancer is still unknown. Commonly, this type of cancer happens when abnormal cells begin to grow within the pancreas and form tumors. Normally, healthy cells grow and die in moderate numbers. In the case of cancer, there is an increased amount of abnormal cell production, and these cells ultimately take over healthy cells.

2. What increases my risk for Pancreatic Cancer?

So far, the exact cause of Pancreatic Cancer have remained a doubt for scientists. However, there are certain risk factors that may increase your chances of developing Pancreatic Cancer. You may be at an increased risk if you:

  • Smoke cigarettes — 30 percent of cancer cases are related to cigarette smoking
  • Are obese
  • Don’t exercise regularly
  • Eat few fruits and vegetables
  • Eat diets high in fat content
  • Drink heavy amounts of alcohol
  • Have diabetes
  • Work with pesticides and chemicals
  • Have chronic inflammation of the pancreas
  • Have liver damage
  • Are African-American
  • Have a family history of Pancreatic Cancer or certain genetic disorders that have been linked to this type of cancer

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Please choose the best hospitals and clinics that provide Pancreatic Cancer treatment in Asia to get the most suitable healthcare for your condition.

GO.CARE does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Pancreatic cancer. http://www.healthline.com/health/pancreatic-cancer. Accessed December 28, 2016.

Pancreatic cancer. http://www.webmd.com/cancer/pancreatic-cancer/. Accessed December 28, 2016.

Pancreatic cancer. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pancreatic-cancer/home/ovc-20268502. Accessed December 28, 2016.  

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