Pancreatic Cancer - Brandt Debra S MD

Nov 7, 2019

Introduction to Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease that affects the pancreas, an important organ located behind the stomach. It is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of malignant cells in the pancreatic tissues. This form of cancer is often aggressive and challenging to detect in its early stages, making it crucial to stay informed about its types, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Types of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer can be classified into two main types: exocrine pancreatic cancer and endocrine pancreatic cancer.

1. Exocrine Pancreatic Cancer

Exocrine pancreatic cancer, also known as adenocarcinoma, is the most common type of pancreatic cancer. It originates in the exocrine cells of the pancreas and affects the production of pancreatic enzymes responsible for the digestion of food.

2. Endocrine Pancreatic Cancer

Endocrine pancreatic cancer, also called pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs) or islet cell tumors, develops in the endocrine cells of the pancreas. These tumors may produce hormones, resulting in various symptoms depending on the type of hormone produced.

Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer often does not display noticeable symptoms in its early stages, making it challenging to diagnose. However, as the disease progresses, the following symptoms may indicate the presence of pancreatic cancer:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Abdominal or back pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting

Causes and Risk Factors

While the exact cause of pancreatic cancer is unknown, certain factors may increase an individual's risk of developing the disease:

  1. Age - Pancreatic cancer is more common in individuals over the age of 60.
  2. Tobacco use - Smoking cigarettes increases the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
  3. Family history - Having a close relative with pancreatic cancer increases the likelihood of developing the disease.
  4. Obesity - Being overweight or obese may contribute to a higher risk of pancreatic cancer.
  5. Diabetes - Chronic pancreatitis and long-term diabetes can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing pancreatic cancer requires a combination of imaging tests, biopsies, and laboratory analysis. Once diagnosed, the treatment options depend on the stage, location, and overall health of the patient:

  1. Surgery - Surgical removal of the tumor and affected tissues may be an option for localized pancreatic cancer.
  2. Chemotherapy - Administering drugs to kill cancer cells or stop their growth.
  3. Radiation Therapy - Using high-energy radiation to destroy cancer cells.
  4. Targeted Therapy - Targeting specific abnormalities within cancer cells to inhibit their growth.

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1. Expertise: Dr. Brandt Debra S has years of experience in treating pancreatic cancer, ensuring the highest level of care and expertise.

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Take the First Step Toward a Healthier Future

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Ronald Romberger
Great article, very informative and helpful.
Oct 9, 2023