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Pancreatic Cancer: Its Symptoms, Awareness, and Treatments

Monday, 14 April 2014 12:57 AM

These days, it is quite common to hear about a person suffering from cancer. Many people have fallen prey to this lethal disease and most of us personally know someone who is suffering or has suffered from it in the past and taken treatment. One form of cancer is pancreatic cancer. The pancreas is situated in front of the spine and behind the stomach. The formation of cancerous cells in this gland is known as pancreatic cancer.  Awareness of the symptoms and when the disease sets in can prevent critical situations. So, the best thing to do is to know the symptoms of pancreatic cancer so that you get the right treatment at the right time. Awareness helps a person make the right decision and understand the fact that pancreatic cancer should be treated right away.
The different symptoms of pancreatic cancer include the following:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression and fatigue
  • Starting to lose weight
  • Pain in the area where the pancreas is located
  • Jaundice, though a disease by itself, is one of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer
If a person witnesses one or more of the above symptoms, they should get themselves checked by a doctor at the earliest and start with the treatment early. Creating awareness on pancreatic cancer is one step towards avoiding it. If one does fall prey to the disease, there are various treatment options available that would help alleviate the symptoms and address the disease effectively through proper treatment. Usually people think that chemotherapy is the only form of treatment but that is not the case. Awareness of different treatment options allows the patient to decide on the one that they want to undergo.
Top three treatment options for pancreatic cancer:
  • Surgery: Doctors operate on a patient to get rid of the tumor(s) or for treatment of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer. Usually if the imaging tests show that the harmful cells can be removed, then curative surgery is used as a treatment option. Surgeons resort to palliative surgery when the results show that the cancer cannot be removed. In this case, they try to protect the patient from the symptoms and if there are any blocked tracts, then they unblock them as a part of treatment.
  • Chemotherapy: Drugs are available for the treatment of cancerous cells. In chemotherapy treatment, the anticancer drugs are either given orally or injected directly into the vein of the patient. Once the drug has been injected in chemotherapy, it reaches all parts of the body. Usually a patient needs to undergo chemotherapy treatment when it is known that the cancer has metastasized to different parts of the body. Awareness on chemotherapy should be properly created in the patient. It is important for the patient to know that chemotherapy has lots of side effects.
  • Radiation therapy: This kind of therapy is used when X-ray and different kinds of radiation treatments are needed to kill the cancerous cells. Radiation can be very helpful when it comes to treating exocrine pancreatic cancer.

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Awareness on pancreatic cancer is quite imperative, since it can give you a chance at a healthy and happy life. Awareness can tell you what the symptoms are and how you can get the cancer treated if you suffer from it.
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