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This cancer usually starts in the pancreatic tissues. The pancreas is an organ that can be found in the stomach, and is responsible for the secretion of enzymes for digestion and metabolism of sugar. This kind of cancer usually spread rapidly and is difficult to contain once it starts. The symptoms include weight loss, loss of appetite, blood clots and even depression.
HOW IS PANCREATIC CANCER DIAGNOSED?
If your general physician suspects pancreatic cancer, he may require imaging tests such as CT scan and MRI to further investigate. Endoscopic ultrasound helps in definitive diagnosis. A biopsy may also be performed.
HOW IS PANCREATIC CANCER TREATED?
The treatment of pancreatic cancer will be done with surgery that is called a Whipple Procedure. This will remove the head of the pancreas, if the cancer is found there. The pancreatic tail and body may also be removed if the cancer has spread.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths, being responsible for 7% of all cancer-related deaths in both men and women. Approximately 75% of all pancreatic carcinomas occur within the head or neck of the pancreas, 15-20% occur in the body of the pancreas, and 5-10% occur in the tail.