Dr. Amit Raina provides expertise in pancreatic diseases at Mercy's Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease.
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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 The Center for Comprehensive Pancreatic Care at Mercy in Baltimore, our doctors work with patients who have pancreatic cancer symptoms to develop individualized treatment options. Medical director Dr. Amit Raina works closely with Dr. Sergey Kantsevoy, one of region’s best therapeutic endoscopists, to fight pancreatic cancer and provide innovative treatment options for complex pancreatic disease.
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.
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:
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:
Pancreatic cancer treatment depends on the cancer stage and location, as well as age, overall health, and personal preferences. Treatment options for pancreatic cancer can include surgery, if the cancer is confined to the pancreas, as well as radiation or chemotherapy. Another pancreatic cancer treatment option is targeted therapy, in which drugs being investigated in clinical trials are prescribed to attack specific abnormalities in the cancer cells.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Richard Desi of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, focuses on hepatology, a sub-specialty of gastroenterology that addresses the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and biliary tract.
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