Pancreatic Cancer News

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Pancreatic Cancer News
Pancreatic cancer often has a poor prognosis, even when diagnosed early. Pancreatic cancer typically spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages, which is a major reason why it's a leading cause of cancer death. Signs and symptoms may not appear until pancreatic cancer is quite advanced and surgical removal isn't possible.
There are many resources and was to get current Pancreatic Cancer Treatment News and information. Obtaining news quickly is important as the Cancer is so aggressive.
Pancreatic Cancer Causes
Additionally, certain behaviors or conditions are thought to slightly increase an individual's risk for developing pancreatic cancer. Behaviors or conditions that may put people at risk include tobacco use, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, a history of diabetes, chronic pancreatitis.
Of particular concern, however, are those side effects that have recently become associated with the use of certain medications to help other health issues. These medications include Diabetes medication like Januvia and Byetta.
Getting Options to pursue aggressive treatment is a highly recommended action.

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Pancreatic Cancer News

  1. 1. Pancreatic Cancer News Risk Diagnosis Treatment
  2. 2. Pancreatic Cancer News • Increasing incidence over the past few decades in the US – Lifestyle Changes / Medication • Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in US
  3. 3. Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors • • • • • Smoking Geriatric Related Illnesses Chronic Pancreatitis Diabetes Previous Uses of Certain Medications
  4. 4. Pancreatic Cancer Signs • Abdominal pain occurs in more than 80% of people with pancreatic cancer and it may radiate around to the back. • Bloating from Pancreatic Cancer gives a sense of early fullness with meals or an uncomfortable swelling in the stomach. • Nausea • Diarrhea • Pale, clay-colored stools due to bile duct blockage. • Urine may become darker with Pancreatic Cancer.
  5. 5. Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis • CT scan: The images can help doctors make a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. • MRI: Uses magnetic waves to give detailed images. • Ultrasound: Painless sound waves help doctors make a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. • PET scan: Injected Radioactive dye is absorbed by cancer cells and allows them to be seen.
  6. 6. Further Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis If the initial results indicate a potential positive result for Pancreatic Cancer, other tests can give a more conclusive analysis. •A needle biopsy takes tissue to test for Pancreatic Cancer. •A Endoscopic ultrasound can locate a Cancerous mass. •Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a tube with a camera put through the mouth to the small intestine, near the pancreas to see problems and take a small tissue sample. •Laparoscopy is where a surgeon collects tissue via incisions. Further medical testing may not be covered by insurance. Patients can get further options regarding payments if issues resulted from past prescription medication use. Learn More.
  7. 7. Pancreatic Cancer Stages Simplified • Stage zero: Pancreatic cancer is restricted to a single layer of cells in the pancreas. The pancreatic cancer does not usually show on imaging tests. • Stage I: Pancreatic cancer is "localized" and limited to the pancreas, but has grown to up to a sixteenth of an inch across. • Stage II: Pancreatic cancer has spread to outside the pancreas, or has infected the nearby lymph nodes. • Stage III: The tumor has widened its growth to nearby major blood vessels or nerves but has not "metastasized". • Stage IV: Pancreatic cancer has spread to distant organs.
  8. 8. Pancreatic Cancer Treatment • Localized surgery and post-op radiation and/or chemotherapy • Local chemotherapy +radiation • Pancreatic Enzyme therapy
  9. 9. Pancreatic Cancer Treatment • Some Facts About Surgery: ▫ 15-20% of patients have fully operable Cancer ▫ 40-45% have tumors that are inoperable (due to vascular invasion) ▫ 40-45% have Cancer spread too advanced to other organs.
  10. 10. Pancreatic Cancer Prognosis • Overall survival rate 4% • For patients with small cancers without growth beyond the pancreas, surgery has a five year survival rate of 20-24% • For patients with advanced Pancreatic cancer, survival at 5 years is 1%, with most patients dying within a year If you or one of your family members is diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, you can get a free professional consultation for treatment options or care planning. Learn More.
  11. 11. Pancreatic Cancer Resources • If you, or your family members have symptoms of, or have been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and have taken past prescription medications, you need additional information regarding your treatment options and possible compensation to pay for treatment.

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