Pancreatic Cancer

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Pancreatic Cancer


Chemotherapy and radiation are given after surgery to increase the cure rate. For pancreatic cancer that cannot be removed completely with surgery, or cancer that has spread beyond the pancreas, a cure is not possible and the average survival is usually less than 1 year. A clinical trial is recommended (a medical research study to determine the best treatment).

Resectable: Pancreatic cancer hasn't spread (or at least not far), and a surgeon feels it might all be removable. About 10% of pancreatic cancers are considered resectable when first diagnosed. Unresectable: Pancreatic cancer has grown into major blood vessels, so the tumor can't safely be removed by surgery. Metastatic: Pancreatic cancer has clearly spread to other organs, so surgery cannot remove the cancer.

Pancreatic carcinoma is cancer of the pancreas. The pancreas is behind the stomach to make enzymes (proteins) to break down food and digestive juices that control blood sugar.

The cause of this cancer is unknown. It is most common in people with diabetes, chronic pancreatitis, and smokers. It has very high mortatlity and fatality rates..

most common in people with diabetes, people with chronic pancreatitis, and smokers

If pancreatic cancer is resectable, surgery followed by chemotherapy or radiation or both may extend survival.

95% percent of the people diagnosed with this cancer will not be alive 5 years later

In 2010, about 43,140 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to the American Cancer Society; 36,800 died.

Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes) Pain in the upper or middle abdomen and back Unexplained weight loss Loss of appetite Fatigue Depression Dark urine and clay-colored stoolsNausea and vomitingiBlood clotsDiarrheaPreventions

Pancreas Cancer is the 4th leading cancer cause of the United States.


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