Pancreatic Cancer

About Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer starts in the pancreas. Most pancreatic cancers are exocrine tumors. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, or islet cell tumors, are less common but can often have a better prognosis. Metastasis:  the spread of a disease-producing agency (as cancer cells) from the initial or primary site of disease to another part of the body; also : the process by which such spreading occurs chemotherapy give medications to stop all of your cells. Radiation kills cancer cells. Remission: When the cancer stops you still have it but it is shutdown.

Symptoms

  • Upper abdominal pain that may radiate to your back.
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Weight loss.
  • Depression.
  • Blood clots.

Possible Causes

Pancreatic cancer is fundamentally a disease caused by damage to the DNA (mutations). These mutations can be inherited from mom or dad, or they can be acquired as we age. First, let us look at the inherited mutations. Remember that we have two copies of each gene - one copy we inherit from mom, the other copy we inherit from dad.

Cancer Growth



These rare cancers may produce excess amounts of the digestive enzymes normally produced by the pancreas. This increase in enzymes causes distinct symptoms in 20% of acninar cell carcinoma cases. Symptoms may include unusual skin rashes, joint pain an increased level of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell.

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