The pancreas is a gland that lies across the back of your upper abdomen. Behind the stomach and guts (intestines) and in front of the spine and just above the level of your belly button (umbilicus). Its shape like a cylinder and about 15cm long and 3cm wide. Two main exocrine and endocrine functions.
Pancreatic cancer is the malignant tumor of the pancreas. Pancreatic Cancer one of the toughest and deadliest cancers. It tough because hard to detect at early stages and shows symptoms only. when it gains some pace or development. According to research, there are more than 1250 people worldwide who diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every day. Late diagnosis and the large number of people being diagnosed every other day. Because of a lack of awareness about the disease. People are not really aware of the risks involved by adopting certain lifestyle habits that can damage your pancreas for good. Being obese or too thin. chain-smoking or passive smoking, unhealthy diet such as fried food, and fast food every day.
it all increases your risk of developing pancreatic cancer. It highly advised to maintain a balanced weight and a healthy diet. which involves eating more green vegetables and fresh fruits. Avoid all kinds of smoking, direct or passive. A slow poison for your pancreas. However, the exact reason for pancreatic cancer still not known. And a lot of research being done in this regard. But you can adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid it at least.
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It diagnosed through clinical evaluation by the doctors for the presence of jaundice or lumps in the tummy. Blood and Tumor marker tests are done. Ct scans, MRI, ERCP, and EUSvalso done in order to confirm the diagnosis and for a clearer picture of the disease.
The most potentially curable way of treating pancreatic cancer to perform surgery. To completely remove the tumors. The commonest surgical operation performed to remove pancreatic cancer a pancreaticoduodenectomy. Often called a Whipple’s procedure. This operation takes 5-7 hours and involves removing most. if not all of the pancreas, the gall bladder, the bile duct, and part of the small intestine. Then comes the Chemotherapy which an add – on to the treatment. It performed to remove any cancer that may still there after surgery or sometimes. when surgery not possible.
No cancer journey an easy one. November is pancreatic cancer awareness month. So let’s join hands together in order to spread education and awareness. About this deadly disease and also let’s honor all our survivors and those who still fighting this battle. Feel free to contact us for more details about the disease and book an appointment for yourself.