Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissues of the pancreas. 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.
HOW IS PANCREATIC CANCER DIAGNOSED?
Ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) helps doctor is visualizing condition of pancreas.An endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) uses an ultrasound device that is passed through endoscope down the oeasophagus (food pipe) into the stomach to obtain images.Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) uses a dye to highlight the bile ducts in pancreas.Finally, a tissue or cell sample for biopsy can be collected during ERCP, to finally ascertain Pancreatic Cancer
HOW IS PANCREATIC CANCER TREATED?
The first goal of pancreatic cancer treatment is to eliminate the cancer, when possible. When that isn't an option, the focus may be on preventing the pancreatic cancer from growing or causing more harm.Surgical removal of tumors in the pancreatic head, tail and body may be an option if pancreatic cancer is confined to the pancreas. In addition radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy is done to kill the cancerous cells
DID YOU KNOW?
Pancreatic cancer spreads rapidly and is rarely detected in its early stages, due to which it's a leading cause of cancer fatalities.