Pancreatic Cancer

Symptoms: 

Pancreatic cancer symptoms may not develop until the cancer has reached advanced stages or spread to other parts of the body. Some common symptoms include:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
  • Digestive problems, including abnormal stools, nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in the upper abdomen which can extend to your back
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Swollen gallbladder (usually found by your doctor during a physical exam)
  • Blood clots
  • Diabetes
Tests to diagnose: 

The tests include:

  • Blood tests
  • Biopsy
  • Computerized Tomography scan
  • Laparoscopy
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan
  • Positron Emission Test Scan
Treatment: 

Treatment Includes:

There are different types of treatment for patients with pancreatic cancer.

Five types of standard treatment are used:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Chemoradiation therapy
  • Targeted therapy

There are treatments for pain caused by pancreatic cancer.

Patients with pancreatic cancer have special nutritional needs.