Pancreatic Cancer

By: Abby Ling

This is a large organ behind the stomach that makes and releases enzymes into the intestines that help the body absorb foods. It is more common in people that have diabetes, long-term inflammation of the pancreas, or smokers. A small number of cases are related ton genetic syndrome passed down from family.

Symptoms

No symptoms at first but as it advances you notice symptoms. They are:

- dark urine and clay-colored stools

- fatigue and weakness

- Weight loss and loss of appetite

- Nausea and vomiting

- Pain and discomfort in the abdomen

Unknown cause for this type of cancer.

Treatment

When pancreatic cancer is found it is more advanced, so most time it can not be removed. When in an early stage it can be removed but if not radiation therapy and chemotherapy are recommended. Managing symptoms and pain is an important of treating advanced pancreatic cancer.

Don't smoke; exercise regularly; and have a diet high in fruits, vegetable, and whole grains

Test for Diagnosis

The different tests available are:

- CT scan of the abdomen

- Endoscopic Therapy

- MRI of the abdomen

- Pancreatic biopsy

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001283/

Medicineworld.org/stories/lead/2-2009/determining-risk-for-pancreatic-cancer.html