Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer pain

Last Updated December 20th, 2021

Malignant tumors on the pancreas can be deadly. The most shocking thing about pancreatic cancer is that in most cases the symptoms are not evident until the cancer reaches an advanced stage. Another fact about pancreatic cancer is that it is probably the only type of cancer for which the 5-year-survival rate hasn’t improved. In fact, it has the lowest survival rate among all the other cancer types. The mortality rate of pancreatic cancer is as high as 95%.
The facts about pancreatic cancer reveal one very important thing. It is probably the deadliest cancer known to humans. It is a silent killer, aka, most people are unaware that they suffer from cancer until the last stage. The most common symptom is abdominal pain, which is not a very clear and definitive sign. In most cases, it is misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed.
Pancreatic cancer is probably the deadliest cancer to occur in the human body. The 5-year-survival rate is a disappointing 5%. That means 95% of people with pancreatic cancer succumb to the disease. The striking fact that makes pancreatic cancer lethal is that it remains undetected during the initial stages (where it can be treated). Only at the advanced stages is it usually diagnosed. Most symptoms and early signs of pancreatic cancer are often confused with usual gastric disorders - diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and heartburn.
Though smoking and drinking increase the risk of pancreatic cancer manifold, there might be other factors too that can push you in the pancreatic cancer high risk zone. Obesity is one such significant factor. Not only does it increase your risk of getting cancer, but it also increases the risk of death by pancreatic cancer. Exposure to toxic chemicals, existing pancreatic diseases (including diabetes),and even family history of pancreatic cancer can put you at high risk.

Overview of Pancreatic Cancer

The pancreas is one of the most essential organs of the body which is responsible for the production of enzyme-containing juice (pancreatic juice) that help in the breakdown of food matter prior to digestion. It is also responsible for the production of essential hormones. Any abnormalities in the functioning of the pancreas may be associated with “pancreatic cancer”, a disease that is affecting the lives of millions. According to estimates by American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer will affect nearly 55,440 people this year. It accounts for 3% of all cancers (in the United States) and demands attention from health organizations all over the globe.

What is Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic CancerPancreatic cancer is the medical condition in which abnormal cell growth occurs in the pancreas leading to the formation of solidified mass (tumors).

These tumors are confined to the site of origin in the initial stage but rapidly proliferate to the other organs of the body as well.

Pancreatic cancer can affect any of the two types of pancreatic cells viz – exocrine cells (comprising exocrine glands and ducts) and endocrine cells (forming the islet of Langerhans). Any kind of pancreatic disease if left undiagnosed in the early stages can spread to other vital organs and give rise to numerous clinical complications.

What causes pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer locationThe etiological factors behind pancreatic diseases are listed below-

  • Tobacco: Excess tobacco consumption via active or passive smoking increases risks of pancreatic cancer. Tobacco intake accounts for 20-30% of all cancers in the pancreas.
  • Obesity: Overweight people are 20% more susceptible to pancreas cancers.
  • Toxicity: Exposure to certain toxic chemicals (in case of factory and blast furnace workers) can induce malignancy in the pancreas.
  • Age: Natural degeneration of pancreatic cells may occur with age, causing pancreatic dysfunctions.
  • Gender: Men are more prone to pancreatic cancer conditions than women due to excess tobacco consumption and a few other factors.
  • Ethnicity: Possibility of pancreas cancer is slightly higher in African Americans than Asians or native Americans.
  • Heredity: A familial history of pancreatic cancer predisposes the future generations to the disease mainly due to mutations in the PRSS1 gene.
  • Existing diseases: Few existing and chronic diseases such as pancreatitis, liver cirrhosis, and Type 2 Diabetes can increase risks of pancreatic cancer.
  • Diet: A regular diet rich in processed red meats and deficient in fruits, vegetable, and dietary fibres may contribute to pancreatic cancer.
  • Substance abuse: Excessive consumption of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine or narcotics falls in this category.
  • Physical activities: Limited physical activity can be a major contributing factor.

What are the warning signs and symptoms?

Pancreatic cancer symptoms may be mistaken for symptoms of other diseases in the initial stages, but in the advanced stages, few obvious symptoms are noticed-

  • Yellowish discoloration of the skin and white portion of the eye (jaundice symptoms)
  • Clay-colored stool
  • Brownish discoloration of the urine along with a strong odor
  • Nausea, vomiting and weight loss (observed in 35-45% of  patients)
  • General body weakness and fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and cramps that slowly radiate to the back and shoulders (observed in 75-90% patients)
  • The occurrence of blood clots causing swelling and reddish discoloration (Venous Thromboembolism)
  • Diarrhea and cramps immediately after eating (indicators of pancreatic insufficiency)
  • Enlargement of gallbladder or liver (due to bile duct obstruction causing bile accumulation)
  • Formation of uneven fatty tissue layer under the skin (due to the release of fat-digesting enzymes)
  • Indigestion and heartburn

Different types of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is broadly classified into the following categories-

Exocrine pancreatic cancer: It affects the cells present in exocrine glands and ducts. About 95% of this type of cancer belongs to the pancreatic adenocarcinoma category that develops in the pancreatic ducts. Another subtype is ampullary cancer that occurs at the point of meeting of the bile duct and pancreatic duct ( ampulla of Vater). Few other rare forms of exocrine cancers include-

  • Acinar cell carcinoma: It is manifested as prominent skin rashes and joint pain.
  • Papillary mucinous neoplasm: Here the tumors grow as finger-like projections in the pancreatic ducts and discharges high quantity of mucous that may cause duct enlargement.
  • Mucinous cystic neoplasm: These are characterized by enlarged cysts filled with thick mucus.
  • Pancreatoblastoma: This is closely associated with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome and is observed in children.

Endocrine pancreatic cancer: They account for less than 5% of all pancreatic cancer and occur mostly in the islet cells. They may belong to any of the following categories-

  • Gastrinomas: They originate from cells making gastrin.
  • Insulinomas: They are caused by cells producing insulin.
  • Glucagonomas: They originate from cells producing glucagon.
  • Somatostatinomas: They originate from cells producing somatostatin.
  • VIPomas: They come from cells making Vasoactive Intestinal Peptitde (VIP).
  • PPomas: They come from cells making Pancreatic Polypeptide (PP).

Stages of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer invades the body through the following stages-

  • Stage I: Tumour is present only within the pancreas.
  • Stage II: Tumor penetrates the adjoining tissues but not blood vessels.
  • Stage III: The tumor invades the neighboring blood vessels.
  • Stage IV: Tumours spread to remote organs such as lungs and liver.

What are the recommended diagnostic tests?

Pancreatic Cancer painAccurate diagnosis of pancreatic cancers is essential in order to facilitate proper treatment. The following diagnostic tests are usually recommended for pancreatic cancers-

  • CT scan of the pancreas: It helps to examine abnormal cell growth in the pancreas. It also helps to detect the spread of cancerous tumors to other organs.
  • MRI scan: It comprises of MR cholangiopancreatography (MCP) to examine pancreatic and bile ducts and MR angiography (MRA) for examining the blood vessels.
  • Ultrasound: It comprises of abdominal ultrasound (to analyze abdominal dysfunctions) and Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) for more accurate examination of the pancreas.

Treatment and prevention

Treatment 

Surgery

  • Surgery for the tumor in the pancreatic head –This procedure is called pancreaticoduodenectomy. Here the Whipple procedure is done. In this procedure, the surgeon will remove a part of the small intestine, gallbladder and the head of the pancreas. At the time, a part of the stomach and the surrounding lymph nodes are removed as well.
  • Surgery for a tumor in the pancreatic body and tail – This surgery is called distal pancreatectomy. Here the surgeon will remove the left side of the pancreas and the spleen.
  • Surgery to remove the pancreas – This surgical method is called total pancreatectomy. Here the entire pancreas is removed.
  • Surgery for tumor affecting the nearby blood vessels – This treatment method is done for selective patients. Here, the blood vessels near the tumor in the pancreas are reconstructed and attached back in their place. This surgery is done for those patients who have an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer.

Radiation therapy – Here high power beams target the area of the cancer cells and destroy them. Thereby treating pancreatic cancer.

Chemotherapy – Cancer-killing drugs are given orally or intravenously to help treat pancreatic cancer.

Support (palliative) care – This method of treatment is advised as soon as the cancer is detected. Here, a team of specialists will assist the patients in how to go about their lives and provide an extra support for the cancer patient. This treatment method along with other aggressive treatment methods can make the patient feel better and aid in the recovery process.

Prevention

  • Do not smoke, as smoking can seriously damage the pancreas.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle; doing so can lower the risks of developing this condition.
  • Consume clean and healthy foods. This will ensure a healthy digestion and put a lesser strain on the pancreas.
  • Maintain a healthy weight, doing so does not put excessive strain on the pancreas that could lead to cancerous stages.

TL;DR?

Malignant tumors on the pancreas can be deadly. The most shocking thing about pancreatic cancer is that in most cases the symptoms are not evident until the cancer reaches an advanced stage. Another fact about pancreatic cancer is that it is probably the only type of cancer for which the 5-year-survival rate hasn’t improved. In fact, it has the lowest survival rate among all the other cancer types. The mortality rate of pancreatic cancer is as high as 95%.
The facts about pancreatic cancer reveal one very important thing. It is probably the deadliest cancer known to humans. It is a silent killer, aka, most people are unaware that they suffer from cancer until the last stage. The most common symptom is abdominal pain, which is not a very clear and definitive sign. In most cases, it is misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed.
Pancreatic cancer is probably the deadliest cancer to occur in the human body. The 5-year-survival rate is a disappointing 5%. That means 95% of people with pancreatic cancer succumb to the disease. The striking fact that makes pancreatic cancer lethal is that it remains undetected during the initial stages (where it can be treated). Only at the advanced stages is it usually diagnosed. Most symptoms and early signs of pancreatic cancer are often confused with usual gastric disorders - diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and heartburn.
Though smoking and drinking increase the risk of pancreatic cancer manifold, there might be other factors too that can push you in the pancreatic cancer high risk zone. Obesity is one such significant factor. Not only does it increase your risk of getting cancer, but it also increases the risk of death by pancreatic cancer. Exposure to toxic chemicals, existing pancreatic diseases (including diabetes),and even family history of pancreatic cancer can put you at high risk.

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Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Join a support group, to help you cope with the condition and the treatment process.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle; do so can help in making the treatment process more manageable.
  • Exercise regularly, doing so can help in the regaining muscle strength along with improving overall fitness
Don'ts
  • Consume oily and sweet food during breakfast; they tend to increase the fat levels in your body.
  • Consume processed and refined foods.
  • Have big and heavy meals; break them down into smaller meals. This will help the digestive system break down complex food without straining the pancreas.

 

 

 

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glucose-tolerance
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test – GTT Glucose tolerance test (or Oral GTT) is used to detect the onset of diabetes or prediabetes conditions. It…
waterchestnut
Water Chestnuts: The tastiest ways to include this healthy tuber in your diet Water chestnut is not a nut after all. It is a tuber (much like the potatoes) growing close…
Love tea, hate tannins? Rooibos tea is just what you need The market is brimming with a multitude of herbal teas. But what makes rooibos tea (or red bush)…
LFT-test
Liver Function Test – LFT LFT or Liver Function Test is a blood test used to determine the levels of hepatic enzymes which…
ASTtest-liver
AST- Aspartate Aminotransferase Test AST test is a blood test that is used to measure the level of a particular liver enzyme…
lp-pla2
LP-PLA2 Test The LP-PLA2 test is a test which is carried out to assess the levels of Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2…
Pescatarian Diet 101: What are the inherent health advantages of this diet? People opt to become a pescatarian in order to enrich their bodies with the essential health benefits that…
Low fat diets
A complete list of low-fat diets and how to follow them Low-fat diets help you lose weight in a healthy way, but it works only with regular exercise and…
blood elements analysis
Blood Element Analysis Test A blood element analysis is a blood test performed to measure the level of toxic elements such as…
Moringa drink
Moringa: This could be the most nutrient-dense food known to us! Moringa is a lush green tree brimming with over 90 essential nutrients required for a healthy mind and…
L-theanine attention
L-Theanine: Better sleep, higher focus, and many other benefits Did you know that L-theanine found in green tea can make you sleep better and be focused at…
Hysteroscopy_procedure
Hysteroscopy Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive tool to help specialists view the uterus to diagnose and even treat several…
blood ketone test
Blood Ketone (D3HB) Test The Blood Ketone Test measures and monitors the levels of ketone in the blood which is usually performed…
Hymenoplasty
Hymenoplasty Read on to find out all about hymenoplasty, the procedure, post-surgery care, the risks, and the benefits.
Hepatitis A virus infected liver
Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Total Blood test to look for IgM antibodies to know if you are infected with Hepatitis A virus (HAV),…
Cayenne: The remarkable benefits of these red hot chili peppers These may make you rush for a glass of water, but cayenne pepper is actually a healthy additive…
amylase test
Amylase Test Amylase test is done by checking the level of this protein in the blood sample and also in…
Rheumatoid Arthritis xray
Arthritis Profile Arthritis profile is a panel of primarily blood tests used to detect the presence of arthritis or check…
sodium chloride
Halotherapy: How inhaling salt can work wonders for your body Halotherapy is quickly gaining popularity amongst those with respiratory diseases. It has shown promise in its treatment.
maltodextrin sugar
Maltodextrin: What are the hidden health benefits of this food additive? Maltodextrin is one of the few food additives that has been relatively deemed safe. Many experts now have…
DHEA wrinkles
DHEA: Now get unbelievable age defiance with this wonder hormone! DHEA is known popularly as the age-defying hormone. This supplement is widely used to slow down aging and…
Bronchoscopy procedure
Bronchoscopy Bronchoscopy is a procedure where in a scope is inserted into the lung pathway to observe any growth…
shiitake mushrooms healthy
What are Shiitake Mushrooms and why should you eat them? Shiitake Mushrooms are well known for their smoky and robust taste. However, did you know they are replete…
green poop causes
Green poop : What are the reasons and how can you correct it Ever sneak a peek down the toilet only to shockingly find green poop? Why does our poop turn…
colposcopy
Colposcopy Colposcopy is a simple, quick and non- invasive diagnostic tool to look closely inside the vulva, vagina, and…
free testosterone test
Free testosterone Free Testosterone Test measures and monitors the level of the free testosterone in the blood. Less than 4%…
Propolis: Yet another amazing gift by the bees to the humans Bee propolis is yet another generous gift by the bees bestowed on the human race. They utilize substances…
Optavia diet
The features of an Optavia diet The Optavia diet endorses pre-packaged meals and snacks called "fuelings" that are tasty, low in calorie, and incorporates…
liver biopsy procedure
Liver Biopsy Liver biopsy or hepatic biopsy is a diagnostic tool that collects a sample of live tissue from the…
GERD heartburn
Heartburn: What are the exact symptoms and the best home remedies? There are easy home remedies for heartburn, which not only acts as a first aid when you experience…
How seitan proved to be a blessing in disguise for vegans worldwide Can only meat-eaters enjoy delicious juicy steaks and burgers? With seitan, the best meat substitute available today,even vegans…
Balneotherapy jacuzzi
5 things you didn’t know about balneotherapy and how you can do it at home Sauna baths have been popular since a long time. But how much more beneficial can balneotherapy be as…
liver detox facts
7 liver detox facts and why ignoring these could kill you! Are you taking care of this organ that handles over 500 different vital functions in your body? Your…
Astaxanthin: Why experts believe it could be 550x more potent than vitamin E! What is astaxanthin and why is this new supplement on the block touted as the most powerful antioxidant…
Milk Thistle skin
Milk Thistle: Find possible cures for fatal diseases in these purple blooms Milk thistle is well-known for treating liver conditions. However, did you know that it comes with a plethora…
Hydroquinone: Is it the best topical treatment for hyperpigmentation? Darkening of the skin due to high melanin levels is called hyperpigmentation.  Hydroquinone interferes with melanin production thus treating…
Salt dangers
Sodium chloride: The wonders and dangers of the simple table salt Sodium chloride is a salt containing sodium and chlorine ions at a 1:1 ratio. It is edible and…
kidney stones
Kidney stones Kidney stones are solid substances made up of crystals. They can be of various sizes. Treatment depend on…
free psa test
Free PSA Test The free PSA test is used to detect the level or percentage of free PSA in the body…
Experts reveal the safest ways to perform an enema at home The idea of pushing some up your rectal area might make you queasy but an enema could actually…
Urologist: When should you visit one and why? A urologist can treat not only genitourinary problems of both men and women but also can treat various…
ureteroscopy
Ureteroscopy Ureteroscopy is the diagnostic procedure which is used for the detection of the kidney stones in addition to…
Rubella IgM test
Rubella IgM Test The Rubella IgM test is a blood test that is performed to diagnose the presence of the rubella…
6 arguments in favour of glucosamine and where can you find it Studies have shown that glucosamine works by preventing the breakdown of cartilage of the joints. This is usually…
Psyllium Husk: More than just an effective natural laxative Psyllium husk, or isabgol, is a popular natural laxative . But did you in addition to regulating bowels,…
Miracle extract from the root of maca: 10 ways it can help you! Maca root has been used for years in herbal medicine. Today scientific research is unearthing fresh evidence in…
lipase test
Lipase Test A lipase test is a blood test performed to quantitatively measure the level of the enzyme lipase in…
Diabetes blood test
Diabetic Profile The diabetic profile is a set of tests used for testing and monitoring the various kinds of Diabetes…
Lauric Acid: 8 health benefits you can derive from coconuts Appropriate use of saturated fats containing lauric acid can provide you numerous health benefits. This is the main…
kshar sutra
Kshar sutra treatment for piles, fissures and fistula Read to know the benefits and side effects of kshar sutra to treat anal piles, fissures, and fistula…
superfoods quinoa probiotics
10 fantastic Superfoods you need to include in your diet from today! What exactly are superfoods and how do they battle diseases? From losing weight to looking ravishing- these superfoods…
thyroid_scan
Thyroid Scan Thyroid scan is a diagnostic procedure that aims to view the thyroid gland and detect any growths or…
creatinine
Creatinine Test The level of creatinine in the blood is a significant indicator of the health of your kidneys. This…
Piaget stages: Do they accurately describe the way the human brain develops?  A common assumption was that children are less competent thinkers as compared to adults, but this was refuted…
Pelvic_ultrasound
Pelvic Ultrasound Pelvic ultrasound is a process where sound waves are used to create image of your pelvic region organs…

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