Other than destroying the physical health of a person, fear factor associated with cancer affects the mental condition of a person also. Pancreatic Cancer is categorized as dangerous by medical science.
Pancreas is an organ in the abdominal cavity behind the stomach. This is associated with the production of hormones like insulin, somatostatin, and glucagon etc. Pancreatic cancer is characterized by the abnormal growth of cancerous cells in the organ which spreads rapidly and damages surrounding organs too. This is difficult to diagnose at the early stage and factors like genetics, heavy smoking, age, eating highly processed food items, obesity, and chronic pancreatitis acts as a catalyst in its swift growth.
Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer are:
- Lack of appetite
- Feeling of vomiting
- Intermittent pain in upper abdomen
Diagnosis and treatment:
It is very difficult to detect pancreatic cancer in its beginning. In most of the cases, people tend to consult doctors when symptoms will be visible. Blood test, Imaging tests, Endoscopic Ultrasound and Biopsy are the usual tests done to ascertain the presence of pancreatic cancer. The treatment procedure include:
Whipple’s procedure : This procedure is done when cancer affects the head of the pancreas. In the last stages, it may affect adjacent blood vessels too, in that case, it is removed and reconstructed.
Distal pancreatectomy : This procedure is done to cure cancer in the body and tail of the pancreas.
Stent Placement of Surgical Bypass: In the situations like, the patient is aged, surgery may lead to his death. In that case doctor will place a stent or metallic tube to reduce jaundice or vomiting .
Chemotherapy: In this, a single drug or a combination of drugs will be given orally or through injection to eliminate the cancer cells. It can be given before or after the surgery.
Radiation : It uses, high-intensity X-rays to burn out the cancer cells. It is given externally after the surgery according to the stage of the tumor.
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