World Pancreatic Month – November

World Pancreatic Cancer Day – Third Thursday of the Month – 18th November 2021


 Pancreatic Cancer Month is about creating awareness, below are the symptoms, pictorially and a text description

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Cancer of pancreas, an organ which is behind the lower part of the stomach. This causes abdominal pain, jaundice, itchy skin, fatigue and weight loss.
How common is condition?
Rare (Fewer than 20,000 cases per year in UK)
Does diagnosis require lab test or imaging?
Often requires lab test or imaging
Is condition treatable?
Treatable by a medical professional
Time taken for recovery
Can last several months or years
The exact cause of pancreatic cancer is unknown. Risk factors include diabetes, chronic pancreatitis and stomach ulcer. In the early stage, it is asymptomatic. Common symptoms at later stages are weight loss and abdominal pain. Treatment depends on the location of tumor, age and general health. Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Early stage of pancreatic cancer may be asymptomatic. Symptoms will show up only when the disease progresses and include:
Digestive problems, including abnormal stools, nausea or vomiting
Pain in the upper abdomen and back
Loss of appetite
Sudden weight Loss
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
Very high sugar levels in diabetic patients
Treatment depends on the location of tumour, age and general health. Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Chemotherapy: Drugs, either taken orally or through injection, kills the cancer cells. In advanced stages, it only helps control growth of cancer cells.
5-Fluorouracil · Capecitabine · Irinotecan · Oxaliplatin
Medical procedures: Tumour excision · Distal pancreatectomy · Total pancreatectomy
Therapies: Radiation therapy
Factors that may increase your risk of pancreatic cancer include:
African-American race
Excess body weight
Chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
Family history of genetic syndromes that can increase cancer risk, including a BRCA2 gene mutation, Lynch syndrome and familial atypical mole-malignant melanoma (FAMMM)
Personal or family history of pancreatic cancer
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