Know About Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

A condition in which cancer cells develop in the tissues of the pancreas, a small gland located behind the stomach. It produces digestive juices and hormones that regulate blood sugar levels

Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Jaundice
  • Upper or Middle Abdominal Pain
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Blood Clots in The Body
  • Itchy Skin
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • New or Worsening Diabetes

Risk Factors of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Smoking Tobacco
  • Age >60 Years
  • Family History
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption
  • Chronic Inflammation of The Pancreas
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes (Newly Diagnosed)

Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Your doctor will ask about your health history and perform a physical examination along with several tests to determine the cause of the condition, including:

  • Blood tests (to check your general health and functioning of kidneys and liver)
  • Laparoscopy (a surgical procedure to look at organs)
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • PET Scan
  • Biopsy (removal of tissue to view it under a microscope)

Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer

  • Surgery (Removes the cancer cells)
  • Radiation Therapy (High-speed energy to kill the cancer cells)
  • Chemotherapy (Uses drugs to kill cancer cells)

For advanced stages, surgery may not be possible. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms such as pain and digestive problems.

Prevention of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Quit smoking and Alcohol
  • Maintain Healthy Weight
  • Control Your Blood Sugar Levels
  • Use Safety Equipment (In case of toxin exposure at work)

Smokers are two to three times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.