The silent but deadly killer. Shane Wright Class 4/5
What is Pancreatic Cancer?
Who is at risk for Pancreatic Cancer/ What Causes Pancreatic Cancer
- Smokers/Users of Tobacco products
- Large frequent intakes of alcohol
- Obese people
- Pancreatic Cancer can also be hereditary (passed down through genes of parents)
- Tobacco products
- Some drugs
Details of Pancreatic Cancer
What Pancreatic Cancer does to the body
- Sharp pains in the upper back
- Yellow pigmentation of the skin and around the whites of eyes (caused by jaundice)
- Dark colored urine
- Loss of appetite
- Rapid weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
The effects of Jaundice on the eyes
#7 is the color of urine produced by a body in which Pancreatic Cancer is present
Yellow pigmentation of the skin caused by jaundice
Prevention of Pancreatic Cancer
- Do not smoke: Smoking is an import factor to stay away from if lowering the risk for Pancreatic Cancer is your goal
- Maintain a healthy weight: Do not let yourself become obese. eating a well balanced diet and taking care of your body and what you put into it can go a long way
- Limit alcohol use: In some (but not all studies) Alcohol has been directly linked with the development of Pancreatic Cancer so it would be best to play it on the safe side and not drink
- Limit your exposure to chemicals and radiation: Avoid gene altering chemicals as well as your exposure to unnatural radiation waves for they both have been linked to not just Pancreatic Cancer but as well as a number of other Terminal Cancers
Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer
- Physical Exam- The doctor will inspect check and examine the eyes and skin for any sign of jaundice, the doctor will then feel and check the lower back to look for abnormal changes in the pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.
- Lab tests- The doctor will in this test take blood and urine samples to check for Bilirubin. Bilirubin is a substance that passes from the liver to the gallbladder to the intestine. If their is a lack of bilirubin it could mean that there is a block which may be caused by a tumor.
- CT scan- An x-ray is hooked up to a computer which takes detailed pictures of the insides of the body. They scan blood vessels. organs, and the pancreas.
The treatments of Pancreatic Cancer
Ablation and embolization: This kind of treatment is used for destroying the cancerous tumors rather then using surgery to cut them out. This is usually done by applying extreme heat or extreme cold to the cancerous tumors.
Radiation therapy: This form of cancer treatment uses high energy x-rays to kill and destroy cancer cells.
Chemotherapy: This cancer treatment is used by putting a cancer killing fluid into the bloodstream (via IV) which attacks the dangerous cancerous cells and kills dangerous cancerous tumors.