Pancreas is a small gland situated in the abdomen which produces hormones and insuline. Pancreatic cancer can spread to nearby organs such as the intestines, stomach, liver and the bile duct. However, cancer of the pancreas is relatively uncommon.
Pancreatic cancer rarely manifests symptoms in the early stages. Hence, its usually detected only after it has metastasized to other organs. You may also have precancerous lesions, which can be removed surgically. As the cancer evolves, patients may experience the following:
Many of the above are also caused due to other health problems. If you experience these symptoms consult a doctor immediately to get an early diagnosis or rule out cancer.
The diagnostic procedure includes determining the size of the tumour. The extent to which it has spread to other areas helps determine the stage of the disease. Diagnosis involves the following procedures:
Surgery: It is the best way to eliminate the cancer or extend life. However, it can be a complex operation and it is not recommended unless the patient can derive substantial benefit.
Minimally Invasive Procedures: Laparoscopic surgery and robot-assisted laparoscopy are options for patients who do not need extensive surgery.
Chemotherapy: Can be given before and after surgery, often as a day care procedure.