Pancreatic Cancer usually begins in the tissues in your pancreas. The pancreas is an organ in your body that lies some what behind the lower part of your stomach. Pancreatic Cancer usually spreads very quickly even if it is diagnosed early. There is not much doctors can do for this type of cancer most of the time.
Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer do not show until the advanced stages of the cancer. If you have Pancreatic Cancer, you will experience upper abdominal pain, yellowing of your skin, blood clots,depression, weight loss, as well as appetite loss. When cells in your pancreas develop their loss of function, pancreatic cancer usually will appear. The two types of pancreatic cancer are, cancer that develops in the duct of santorini, and cancer that develops in cells that produce hormones.
There are several known factors that can put you, or anyone at risk for developing this type of cancer. These risks include, increased age, especially over the age of 60, being black, overweight or obese, diabetes, severe inflammation of the pancreas, family history of genetic syndromes, any known pancreatic cancer in the family, and smoking. Testing that is done to diagnose pancreatic cancer by doctors consist of ultrasounds, CT scans, MRIS, ERCP, EUS, PTC, and even a biopsy.
There are 4 stages to pancreatic cancer. The first one is where the cancer is confined to the pancreas, and the last stage is where the cancer has spread to distant sites that are beyond the pancreas, such as the liver, lungs, and the lining that surrounding your abdominal organs. Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and clinical trials are all used to treat pancreatic cancer. It all depends on the stage that you are in, because that will determine that treatment that you will receive. Not all is curable.