Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer that affects the pancreas, an organ located behind the stomach. This body secretes hormones such as insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and enzymes that help the body digest food. Some of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer include jaundice, back pain or abdominal , fatigue and weight loss. It is possible to prevent or treat pancreatic cancer, but the disease is often difficult to diagnose in the early stages.
Surgery is only possible if the cancer is found only in the pancreas. During surgery, doctors usually remove part or the entire pancreas. If the cancer has spread to nearby areas, sometimes a part of the pancreas, stomach, small intestine, lymph nodes, gallbladder and bile duct is removed during surgery known as the Whipple procedure. This surgery is performed when the cancer is at the top of the pancreas. Another surgical procedure for pancreatic cancer involves the removal of the tumors found in the bottom and the body of the pancreas. Doctors can also remove the spleen during surgery. Other surgery for pancreatic cancer are total mastectomy, during which the stomach is removed; hepatic resection, during which a part or the whole liver is removed and cryosurgical ablation, during which tissue is frozen to kill cancer cells. Continue reading “Prevention and treatment for pancreatic cancer”