Pancreatic cancer is a cancer that originates in the pancreas gland, which is located between the stomach and the spine. The pancreas is responsible for regulating blood sugar by producing digestive juices and hormones that help break it down.

Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

Symptoms may not be noticeable until the cancer is moderately advanced and surgical removal is no longer an option, thus making pancreatic cancer the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths due to its lack of detection in the early stages of development. However, some symptoms that may be signs of pancreatic cancer development may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Depression
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the abdomen and/or back

Pancreatic Cancer Risks

Factors that may increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Long-standing diabetes
  • Inherited pancreatic conditions
  • Chronic pancreatitis

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

There are various procedures that can be administered for the treatment of pancreatic cancer including chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. To find out more about pancreatic cancer and which treatment option is best for you or your loved one, call Mid Florida Cancer Centers today to speak to one of our cancer specialists.

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