Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms Diagnosed and Treated by Doctors at Mercy

 

Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer of the pancreas, which is a gland attached to the small intestine. This video shows how pancreatic cancer begins as well as various treatments for it.

At Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy in Baltimore, our doctors diagnose and treat patients with pancreatic conditions including pancreatic cancer.

Mercy is proud to have one of the most comprehensive treatment teams in the area for pancreatic cancer, including surgical oncologistsgastroenterologistsradiation oncologistsmedical oncologists, radiologists, dietitians and genetic counselors. Mercy's team offers innovative therapies to address the complexities of pancreatic cancer.

About the Condition

Pancreatic cancer develops when cells inside the pancreas grow uncontrollably and outlive normal cells to form a tumor. Pancreatic cancer can spread rapidly and is seldom detected early.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Because pancreatic cancer symptoms often do not appear until the cancer is advanced, pancreatic cancer usually is not detected early. When pancreatic cancer symptoms do appear, they are similar to most other pancreatic diseases; therefore, it is important to see a pancreas specialist if any of the following pancreatic cancer symptoms occur:

  • Upper abdominal pain that can radiate to the back
  • Jaundice, or the yellowing of skin and whites of eyes
  • Appetite loss
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Blood clots

Factors that increase the risk of pancreatic cancer can include smoking, chronic pancreatitis, a long history of diabetes, and heredity.

Pancreatic cancer can be diagnosed by a variety of diagnostic tests including ultrasound, CT scan, and MRI. In addition, pancreatic cancer can be detected using the following innovative techniques:

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Treatment Options

Treatment options for pancreatic cancer will be dependent on the stage or the progression of the cancer as well as the location of the cancer within the pancreas. Pancreatic cancer treatment may include: