When a loved one opens up about a recent diagnosis of cancer, it can be very hard on those around them. Pancreatic cancer is especially hard to treat, and although patients can be optimistic, it is very hard on them. Some admit they will keep working or carrying out daily tasks as long as they have the energy for it.
Pancreatic cancer is very hard to detect in the body and this makes it very dangerous. You may have pancreatic cancer for a long time and not even know it. It is ranked third in the top five leading cancers among men, with 9 percent of these cases resulting in death.
Pancreatic cancer spreads quickly because of its position in the body. It is located far down in the abdomen and borders other important organs. It is a gland that secretes enzymes which aid in the digestive process and also produces hormones to maintain levels of blood sugar in the body.
Pancreatic tumors spread very quickly and are difficult to treat. These tumors can spread to other organs in the body which is cause for alarm. Even small tumors are extremely dangerous.
Other diseases such as diabetes, severe and inherited pancreatitis, smoking, old age, obesity, and poor diet consisting of high consumption of red and processed meat can also lead to pancreatic cancer.
Early signs of pancreatic cancer include:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Little to no appetite
There are many types of treatments offered to patients such as chemotherapy and surgery. Tests are being carried out on different combinations of chemotherapy to treat patients with pancreatic cancer before surgery to help eradicate this disease. This is so as to increase the survival rate. Specialists are hoping that in years to come more funding will support this research.
Although these statistics are discouraging, some patients do survive and the survival rate is increasing.