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Friday, October 7, 2011

Pancreatic Cancer

Friday, October 7, 2011
Ralph Steinman, this Canadian-born researcher would never know that he won the Nobel Prize in Medicine 2011. Ralph Steinman (68 years) died on Friday last week after struggling for 4 years with pancreatic cancer. Another people, Co founders of Apple Inc, Steve Jobs has died after battling with pancreatic cancer since 2004. What exactly is pancreatic cancer? How many life chances of a patient with pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is usually found after the cancer is in advanced stages making a small chance of living the patients. Until now the cause of pancreatic cancer is not known with certainty and is still in the stage of suspicion. But there are theories said that genetic factors play a role in the disease although not a major factor, as well as an imbalance in cell growth factor.

Because the location of the pancreas is in organs in the abdomen making it difficult to do early detection. If the cancer is still in an early stage then it will not appear symptoms, but if the cancer is already big and pressing the pancreatic lymph channels it will cause pain. But sometimes the pain is often regarded as stomach pain because it was close, so people often think it's an ulcer or gastritis.

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer usually begins in the pancreatic tissue that lies horizontally on the back of the lower abdomen. This organ serves secretes enzymes that help digestion and the hormone insulin to regulate sugar metabolism.

If you often experience gastritis symptoms that intermittent, often leads us there. To diagnose it is usually performed as well as endoscopic and ultrasound examination

Pancreatic cancer can spread quickly and is rarely detected at an early stage, thus often cause of mortality. Besides the signs and symptoms of this cancer is most likely not appear until the cancer is large enough and surgery to its appointment has also been difficult.

Treatment
As for treatment depends on the stage, location of the cancer, patient's age and overall health. Whenever possible treatment of pancreatic cancer through surgery, but if it's not possible then the treatment is done to prevent pancreatic cancer continues to grow and spread to other parts
Prevention is difficult, but the most important is a healthy lifestyle, it's that same as primary prevention for other cancer types.

1 comments:

Ruby Boyd said...

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Since nutrition, lifestyle and the environment are the most common risk factors for cancer,
many of these cancers can be eliminated or substantially reduced through proactive
preventive behaviors.

How can we prevent pancreatic cancer?

A lifestyle program which provides a practical approach to dietary fat reduction, more
optimal intake of fiber, antioxidant vitamins and calcium, and includes a reasonable plan
for more physical activity, can substantially impact cancer incidence and associated health
care costs.

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