What is of Pancreatic Cancer?
Causing approx. one fourth million deaths around the world annually, Pancreatic Cancer is one the leading form of cancer prevailing in individuals. The major problem of pancreatic cancer is the uncharacterized extension of cells in the pancreas, hence leading to malignant tumors. It spreads via the bloodstream and affects the other body parts leading to multiple organ failures and deaths.
What are the Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer?
Generally, the symptoms of Pancreatic cancer is not explicit and coincide with other general disorders. Hence, getting screened is mandatory regularly, that is, in 6-10 months. Following are the symptoms that indicate pancreatic cancer:
- Constant pain in the belly and back
- Drastic weight loss
- Frequent fever
- Indigestion and loss of appetite
- Skin losing its texture
- Nausea and vomiting
- High Blood Sugar
- Pale colored feces
- Dark urine
- Light-colored stools
- Itchy skin
- Weight loss and poor appetite
- Digestive problems
- Nausea and vomiting:
- Gallbladder enlargement
- Blood clots
What are the Risk Factors:
A risk factor is anything that affects your risk of getting a disease such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. Some risk factors, like smoking, can be changed.
Others, like age or family history, can’t be changed. But having a risk factor, or even various risk factors does not mean that you will get the infection. And several people who get the infection may have less or no known risk factors.
Studies have found numerous factors that can affect a person’s chance of getting cancer of the pancreas.
Tobacco use: Smoking is one of the common important risk factors for pancreatic cancer.
Overweight and obesity: Being overweight is a risk part of pancreatic cancer. Very overweight (obese) people are about 20% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.
Workplace exposure to certain chemicals: Huge exposure at work to certain pesticides, dyes, and chemicals used in metal refining may increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Age: The risk of growing pancreatic cancer raises as people age. Almost all patients are older than 45. About two-thirds are at least 65 years old.
Gender: Men are about 30% more likely to improve pancreatic cancer than women. This may be due, at least in part, to greater tobacco use in men, which increases pancreatic cancer risk (see above). The variation in pancreatic cancer risk was more pronounced in the past (when tobacco use was much more common among men than women), but the gap has closed in recent times.
Family history: Pancreatic cancer appears to run in any family. In some of these families, the huge risk is due to an inherited syndrome (explained below).
Diabetes: Pancreatic cancer is popular in people who have diabetes. The reason for this is not known. Most of the risk is initiate in people with type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes most often begins in adulthood and is often related to being overweight or obese.
What is the Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
Depending on the malignancy and severity the course of therapy is chosen by our expert oncologists. Recognizing the patient’s overall wellness situation is a major factor to decide the diagnostic modalities.
A patient has to undergo a CT scan, PET scan, tumor marker test, Ultrasound, MRI, Biopsy, etc to accurately determine and treat cancer prevailing. Following are the approaches for the treatment:
Whipple procedure : A difficult response strategy and elaborate process, the Whipple procedure includes removal of the head of the pancreas and the parts surrounded, like intestine, stomach, and more. The entire digestive is then restructured and reframed for easy digestion.
Distal pancreatectomy : In Distal Pancreatectomy, the elongated portion of the pancreas, also known as the tail, is separated while keeping the head of the pancreas intact.
Total pancreatectomy : In total Pancreatectomy, the pancreas is removed from the body and also the spleen is removed.
Chemotherapy : Chemotherapy is exclusive and in conjunction with the prevailing radiation therapy. It is an administered procedure and is coupled along with surgeries for better results.
Why choose Oncoxpert?
OncoXpert is an initiative by doctors who were formerly at the prestigious Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai. It has been conceived with the objective of providing standardized comprehensive and expert Pancreatic Cancer care across the country and is currently functional in five major cities Bangalore, Hyderabad Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune. All the facets that impact the Pancreatic Cancer treatment like the patient’s condition, stage and biology of the tumor are thoroughly evaluated and management protocols are personalized to assure the best possible outcome to the patient.