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Pancreatic cancer

13:39 - 9 April , 2021

Disease

What is Pancreatic cancer?

The most common type of pancreatic cancer is adenocarcinoma, which originates from the uncontrolled development of exocrine pancreatic cells, while neuroendocrine tumors begin in endocrine cells. 

Symptoms

Pancreatic cancer is usually asymptomatic until it is very advanced, but the following symptoms may occur:

  • Pain in the abdomen that is also reflected in the back.
  • Loss of appetite or weight.
  • Yellow pigmentation in skin and eyes.
  • Light colored stools and dark urine.
  • Tiredness and itching.
  • Chronic or recent diabetes. 
  • Clots.

These symptoms do not correspond exclusively to pancreatic cancer, but in case you experience any, it is advisable to see your ABC doctor.

Risks

  • Having family members who have had this type of cancer.
  • Diabetes.
  • After 65 years of age it is much more likely to suffer from it. 
  • Pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas.
  • Obesity and smoking.

The combination of smoking, diabetes, and a poor nutritious diet increases the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Diagnosis and treatment

How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?

Your doctor will review your medical history and examine you. Then, he or she can request the following studies: 

  • Computed tomography.
  • MRI.
  • Ultrasound.
  • PET-CT.
  • Angiography.
  • Blood test.
  • Biopsy. 

Treatment options

Treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, depending on the progress or stage of the cancer. 

At ABC Medical Center, doctors from different specialties work together to treat pancreatic cancer, so a highly specialized team of surgeons, oncologists, and radiologist oncologists will treat you with the warmth and humane treatment that sets us apart.

Fuentes: 

  • aecc.es
  • cancer.org
  • medlineplus.gov
  • cancer.net
  • medigraphic.com
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  • Medrano-Guzmán R, Luna-Castillo M, Chable-Puc WJ, et al. Morbimortalidad de la pancreatoduodenectomía en pacientes con cáncer de páncreas y tumores periampulares en el Hospital de Oncología del Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI de 2008 a 2013. Cir Cir. 2019;87(1):69-78.
  • Fonseca UJ. Cancer de páncreas. Revista Médica Sinergia. 2017;2(08):3-6.

						
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