Pancreatic Cancer is most often not detected in its early stages, although it is still relatively uncommon. This is simply because it most often does not produce any symptoms until it has already spread to other areas of your body. Pancreatic Cancer treatment options are usually chosen according to the severity of the disease. Options can include surgery, chemo or radiation therapy, or a combination of them.
Pancreatic Cancer is an uncommon type of cancer that affects the organs in the abdomen. The most common cancer in the pancreas is a duodenal ulcer. Duodenal ulcer is an infection that occurs in the stomach and duodenum, which are organs that drain excess fluid from the stomach. Duodenal ulcers develop due to an injury to the upper portion of the stomach or duodenum or it can develop due to abnormal formation of the pancreatic ducts. One of the most common causes of pancreatic cancers is chronic pancreatic inflammation.
In order for the pancreas to function properly it needs the hormones progesterone and estrogen. The hormones interact with each other and produce different effects in the body. Progesterone is what causes the woman to become pregnant and it also thickens the walls of the stomach so the foods that you eat do not break down as quickly. Estrogen is what keeps the stomach and other organs in the digestive system active and it helps to control blood sugar levels.
There are several symptoms to watch out for if you believe that you may have developed pancreatic cancer. The main symptom is weakness and fatigue. You may also experience a loss of appetite and weight loss. Another symptom of pancreas involvement is a change in bowel habits. If the tumor spreads to nearby lymph nodes the patient may experience abdominal pain and cramps.
Your doctor will most likely perform a physical examination and blood test. When there is a positive diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer the doctor may perform a biopsy. A small incision is made in the abdomen and the doctors uses a tissue sample for diagnosis. There are several factors that determine the size and type of incision. The size and shape of the incision and where the incision is made will both play a role in diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer.
A pancreatic cancer cell can only grow so fast. Once it has grown very fast it will stop growing and will eventually die. If the pancreas is surgically removed, it is possible for the cancer to be treated. Treatment consists of medicine to kill the existing cancer cells, medicines to help your body maintain its ability to absorb nutrients and surgery to remove the pancreatic cancer from your body.
Certain health problems may increase your risk of developing Pancreatic Cancer. If you smoke, have diabetes, or eat a high fat diet, you may increase your risk of developing Pancreatic Cancer. Obesity can make your digestive system work much harder, which puts extra stress on your pancreas. Other health problems that can increase your risk of developing Pancreatic Cancer are being over fifty years of age, having a family history of Pancreatic Cancer, if you have cystic fibrosis, and being a woman.
If you have any of these symptoms or have a family history of this disease, you should contact your doctor immediately and see what the diagnosis is. Early diagnosis will allow your doctor to treat your disease much more easily and you will be able to live a longer life. To learn more about finding out your diagnosis and treatment options please go to the bottom of this page and continue to the next article.
Steve Schafer is the founder of TheEulogyWriters and is probably the most prolific eulogy writer (and best) anywhere. He lives in Michigan and has been writing eulogies for well over thirty years. The articles in this blog are designed to help people through the process of losing loved ones.