Pancreatic cancer affects more than 40,000 Americans each year. The pancreas, located behind the stomach, contains two glands. One is responsible for creating enzymes that help break down fats and proteins and the other produces hormones that help your body maintain proper levels of insulin.
Since early stage pancreatic cancer brings few symptoms, most cases of pancreatic cancer are not detected until the disease is quite advanced.
Tests used in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer include:
- Endoscopic ultrasound, in which a small ultrasound device is passed through the throat and into the stomach to take images (and sometimes tissue samples) of the pancreas
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which utilizes a contrast dye to enable visualization of the bile ducts in the pancreas.
- Imaging studies, including MRI and CT scan
- Biopsy, to examine pancreatic tissue for the presence of cancer
Treating Pancreatic Cancer
The Cancer Care Associates have extensive experience treating pancreatic cancer. Our patients benefit from our multidisciplinary approach, in which our experienced team meets regularly to discuss treatment and progress with your surgeon, pathologist and other specialists involved in your care.
Treatment for pancreatic cancer varies, depending on the stage of your cancer and other variables, but typically includes: