The pancreas is an abdominal organ that is located behind the lower section of the stomach. It helps by aiding digestion and providing hormones that help manage blood sugar. Pancreatic cancer starts in the tissue of the pancreas and often spreads to nearby organs quickly. It is frequently detected in later stages.
Many symptoms are not apparent until the disease has already advanced. However, symptoms might include:
If you find that you are losing weight unexpectedly and have fatigue, jaundice, or abdominal pain, consider speaking with your gastroenterologist.
There are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer:
If your doctor believes you may have pancreatic tumors, they will have you initially undergo radiographic testing. This might include imaging tests like CT or MRI scans. To actually make the formal diagnosis of pancreas cancer – a biopsy is needed of the tumor. The gold standard for obtaining a pancreas biopsy is via an endoscopic procedure known at EUS or endoscopic ultrasound.
The treatment that is possible for pancreatic tumors will depend upon the location and stage of cancer, along with your level of health. Most people’s number one goal is to get rid of all cancer. If that is not possible, preventing cancer from growing and improving your quality of life may be the best treatment.
Treatments can include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and combinations of the three. If the cancer is at an advanced stage and these procedures may not help, the doctor will work to provide relief for your symptoms and keep you as comfortable as possible.
Endoscopy is used not only to diagnose cancer for patients, but also improve their quality of life from the symptoms of cancer. Cancer related symptoms such as pain, nausea, intestinal blockage, and bile duct blockage may all be treated by endoscopy. Dr. Kedia works at a center of excellence for the management of pancreas cancer and he specializes in endoscopic procedures to palliate cancer patients.
Are you interested in learning more about pancreas cancer or other GI disorders? We invite you to contact us to learn more. Dr. Prashant Kedia is a therapeutic endoscopist and gastroenterologist serving patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond. Call today to schedule an appointment at (214) 941-6891.