The pancreas is one of the most important organs in the body that’s why you should take care of it. Located in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen, this is responsible for regulating the blood sugar level in the body and in the production of enzymes that are necessary in breaking down proteins. When there is damage to the pancreas, it will result in serious health conditions such as pancreatic cancer. Here are important information that you should know about pancreatic cancer symptoms and the treatments for this disease as well as the importance of knowing diabetes disease.

Pancreatic cancer happens when there is abnormal cell growth in the pancreas, or also called malignant neoplasm. There are two categories of pancreatic cancer – exocrine pancreas cancers for the part that produces the enzymes and endocrine pancreas cancers for the part that produces the insulin. In most cases, the causes of the cancer are tumors that are often located at the exocrine pancreas. Globally, pancreatic cancer is the fourth common cause of death among cancer patients. Those who have this disease usually have a five-year survival but this depends on the stage of the disease and the treatments that have been given.

Pancreatic cancer symptoms depend on the size, the type and the location of the tumor. During the early stages of the disease, pancreatic cancer symptoms are rarely present which is why it is called a ‘silent killer.’ Symptoms will be present as the tumor grows, leading to abdominal pain that radiates to the back. Because the tumor is pressing on the intestines, it will lead to nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite and eventually leading to weight loss. Jaundice or the yellow color of the skin and eyes results when the common bile duct is obstructed because of the tumor. This is often accompanied by pale-colored stool, darkening of the urine and itching.

There are three treatment options for pancreatic cancer symptoms and these are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The goal of treatment for this disease is to remove the cancer and for the relief of the pancreatic symptoms that you currently have. The surgery will be done to remove the part of the pancreas that is affected or the whole pancreas if it is needed. When the whole pancreas is removed, diabetes disease can become a problem since the body is unable to produce insulin. Palliative surgery can also be done if the cancer has already metastasized and for problems on digestion are minimized. Chemotherapy is used if the cancer has already metastasized since the drugs that are used will target all parts of the body, killing the cancer cells to prevent further multiplication. Side effects of chemotherapy are nausea and vomiting, body weakness and hair loss. Meanwhile, radiation or radiotherapy is done so that cancer cells are destroyed through high-energy rays. Side effects of this treatment are generally the same with chemotherapy but there will also be skin changes which is similar to sunburn.

The treatment of pancreatic cancer symptoms is a process, it cannot be done in just a few days. Sometimes, the three treatment methods are done together to make sure that the cancer is really eliminated. During the treatment, it is important to have adequate rest and to have a healthy diet so that the body can fully recover. Further, when the pancreas was totally removed, you should know how to manage diabetes disease which can be a complication.

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