Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect because the pancreas is deep in the abdomen and can’t be felt when pressed. It can also grow undetected for a long time and lack symptoms. Sometimes symptoms don’t appear until the disease has reached an advanced stage.

Because of its proximity, a cancerous pancreas can also affect the liver, gallbladder, and bile duct. There may be a connection between chronic pancreatitis and:

  • Pancreatic cancer.
  • Smoking.
  • Obesity.
  • Diabetes.

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:

  • EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) – EPI is malnourishment caused by a deficiency in pancreatic enzymes.
  • Jaundice – Yellowing of the eyes and skin.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Upper abdomen or upper back pain.
  • Light-colored bowel movements.

Treatment of pancreatic cancer may include:

  • Surgery – During surgery, the cancerous part of the pancreas is removed. In rare cases, the entire pancreas is removed.
  • Radiation.
  • Chemotherapy.
  • Immunotherapy – Immunotherapy helps your body attack cancer cells.

The pancreas is a unique organ because it has two roles: it helps regulate your body’s blood sugar and helps digest food. Pancreatic conditions can be associated with one of these functions or both.

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