Pancreatic cancer

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Pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer.

Uncontrolled growth of malignant cells in the pancreas. In the U. S. is the 4th leading cause of death from cancer.

The pancreas, an organ at the back of the upper abdomen. The pancreas produces enzymes for intestinal digestion of food and insulin to control blood sugar.

More men than women, between 35 and 70 years.



Signs and symptoms.


Rapid weight loss, for no apparent reason.

Pain behind the upper abdomen, which is often calm to lean forward.

Blood clots anywhere in the body, especially his arms and legs. It is often an early symptom.

Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes) by blocking the bile ducts. Often jaundice is accompanied by severe itching.

Risk Factors.

Chronic pancreatitis.

Diabetes mellitus.

Genetic factors.

This is more common in blacks than whites.


Excessive consumption of alcohol.

Geographical location.

The incidence is higher in Israel, the EE. UU. A. Sweden and Canada.

Poor diet, especially diets high in fat, protein and processed food with lots of additives.

Exposure to industrial chemicals, including urea, the naphthalene or benzedrina.


You can not prevent. To reduce the risk:

Do not smoke.

Do not drink more than 1 to 2 alcoholic drinks a day.

Eat more chicken, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables and less red meat, processed foods or any fat.

Avoid exposure to harmful chemicals.

Diagnosis and Treatment.

Health precautions.

Medical treatment.

Psychotherapy or counseling to help you live with an incurable disease.

Chemotherapy and / or radiation therapy.

Surgery for:

Remove the tumor, where it is small.

Mitigate any pressure in the bile ducts.

Mitigate or avoid obstructions in the bladder.

General measures.

There are no specific instructions except those already mentioned above.


Your doctor may prescribe:

Antibiotics for infections.


Anticancer drugs.

Pancreatic enzymes to replace the pancreas can no longer produce.

Sedatives to sleep.


Stay as active as you can.


No special diet.

Diagnostic Systems.

Observing the symptoms.

History and physical examination by a doctor.

Chemical analysis of the blood of the pancreas, liver and gallbladder and testing of blood sugar.

Liver biopsy puncture.

Exploratory abdominal surgery (laparotomy)

X - rays of the abdomen, liver, gallbladder and blood vessels (angiography)

Ultrasonography pancreas.

CT of the pancreas.


Bleeding in the intestinal tract.

Infection in the pancreas.

Extension of cancer to the liver, lungs and other abdominal organs.


This disease is considered incurable. There is little chance of survival beyond 1 or 2 years, although the symptoms may be relieved or controlled.

They continue scientific research into the causes and treatment, and there are hopes of finding treatment and cure.

Call the doctor if.

The following occurs during treatment:

Fever and headache.

Muscle pain and fatigue.

Nausea and vomiting.

Acute abdominal pain and inflammation.

Depositions black tar.

New unexplained symptoms arise. The medication used in treatment can cause side effects.

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