Feb 15, 2022

Everything You Need to Know about Pancreatic Cancer

Healthy Living.

Pancreatic cancer may be one of the most life-threatening cancers, but researchers and doctors are working to find better treatments and extend the survival rate of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Early detection and treatment offer the best chance of survival.

What is Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is cancer that begins in the pancreas. It can cause vague and subtle symptoms, making it difficult to detect, especially early on.  Symptoms may include:

How is Pancreatic Cancer Treated?

There are several treatments available to patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. These can include chemo and radiation or surgery. There are also several clinical research trials that may be available to some patients.

If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you and your doctor can work together to determine which treatment options will work best for you. Often, the course of treatment will depend on what stage the cancer is in when a patient is diagnosed.

Can Pancreatic cancer be prevented?

There are some ways that a person can decrease their risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Genetics can also play a large role in someone’s risk, meaning that if someone in your family has had pancreatic cancer, your risk goes up. Genetic testing can be a good way of assessing someone’s risk level. Other risk factors are:
  • Having diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Being over the age of 65
  • Having inflammation or disease of the pancreas
It is important for each person to assess their risk of pancreatic cancer. Cancer that is caught early on allows for prompt treatment and an increased chance of survival.
Talk to the professionals at Crisp Regional about your risk level and the preventative early detection measures you can take now.

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