Pancreatic Cancer

The Stealth Killer

Definition

The pancreas is a 6-8 inch slipper shaped gland that produces hormones for organs (exocrine)it puts hormones in the bloodstream (endocrine) and it also helps produce enzymes that break down fatty cells.

Symptoms

There are 3 different types of pancreatic cancer, insulinoma, glucagonoma, and somatostatinoma.

  • Insulinoma-Sweating, tremors, inflammation of esophagus, epigastric pain, multiple ulcers, diarrhea

  • Glucagonoma-skin rash, inflammation of stomach, glucose intolerance, weight loss, weakness, and anemia

  • Somatostatinoma-mild diabetes, diarrhea, weight loss, gallbladder


http://www.webmd.com/cancer/pancreatic-cancer/understanding-pancreatic-cancer-basics

Prevalence

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer and it usually affects people within the ages of 40-70 years. 37,000 Americans are affected by pancreatic cancer every year.

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What are the treatments?

There is only one type of treatment which is surgically removing the cancer cells.

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Causes

There are no known causes of pancreatic cancer but it can be hereditary in men.

Treatment

  • surgery only known treatment

  • aggressive surgery improves survival rate

  • remove the pancreas and sometimes the stomach

The Role and Anatomy of the Pancreas