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.

The cancer surgeons of Surgical Oncology at Mercy are experts who diagnose and treat patients with pancreatic cancer. Our doctors collaborate with physicians of The Center for Comprehensive Pancreatic Care at Mercy, providing patients with a team approach to the treatment of their 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

Other 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 scans, and MRIs. In addition, pancreatic cancer can be detected using the following innovative techniques:

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Treatment Options

Your pancreatic treatment options depend on the stage or the progression of the pancreatic cancer. The stage of your cancer will help establish your treatment plan. Your pancreatic treatment options may include:

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