Pancreatic Cancer

About Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer is a type of cancer that starts in your stomach. Your pancreas is a large organ behind your stomach. Your pancreas makes and releases enzymes into the intestines. The pancreas can also release insulin and glucagon. (Glucagon is a hormone that promotes the breakdown of glycogen to glucose in the liver.)

Symptoms for Pancreatic Cancer

There are many possible symptoms you could have:

~Upper Abdominal Pain that can radiate to your lower back

~Yellowing of skin and  the whites of your eyes (Jaundice)

~Loss of Appetite

~Weight Loss

~Depression

~Blood Clots

What Causes Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer mainly occurs in people aged sixty or older.  Below are some of the things that can cause cancer to occur;

Smoking- If you smoke (or have smoked), you are more likely to get pancreatic cancer, than people who don't smoke.

Diabetes- Pancreatic cancer shows up more in people who have diabetes than in people who do not have diabetes.

Being Male-  Being male can cause Pancreatic Cancer to occur.

Cancer Growth

Diagram of Your Stomach- Where Your Pancreas Is

Stages of Pancreatic Cancer

Stage 0- Abnormal cells found in the lining of the Pancreas.  These abnormal cells may become cancerous and  spread into nearby tissue.

Stage 1- Cancer has formed and is found in only the pancreas. It is divided into Stage 1A and 1B, based on the size of the tumor.

Stage 2- Cancer has spread to nearby tissue  and organs, and may have already spread to lymph nodes near the pancreas

Stage 3- Cancer has spread to major blood vessels near the pancreas and may have spread to nearby lymph nodes.

Stage 4- Cancer may be the size of any distant organs , such as the liver, the lung or  the peritoneal cavity. It has metastasized, in other words, it has switched to some other body organs.

Treatment

If it is operable, you can have your cancer surgically removed. When you get it removed by surgery, the surgeons cut through the seven layers of skin and pull it out.You can also have have chemotherapy ( the treatment of cancer by the use of chemical substances) and radiation. ( electromagnetic waves or moving subatomic particles trying to treat the cancer)

Survival Rates

Stage IA  Survival Rate: 14%

Stage IB Survival Rate:  12%

Stage IIA Survival Rate: 7%

Stage IIB Survival Rate: 5%

Stage III Survival Rate: 3%

Stage IV Survival Rate: 1%

Remission is when your cancer stops spread and growing, and/or is smaller, and you are cured for a little while, but it can start growing any time.

Cheer Up!

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