Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some Facts about Pancreatic Cancer from the Pancreatic Action Network.

Facts: 

KNOWN RISK FACTORS

• The cause of most pancreatic cancer is unknown.
• Risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer include:
• Family history
• Age
• Chronic or hereditary pancreatitis
• Smoking
• Obesity
• Long-standing diabetes (five-plus years)

TREATMENT OPTIONS

SURGERY is only possible in less than 20 percent of patients with adenocarcinoma (which accounts for more than 90
percent of all pancreatic cancers).
RADIATION is sometimes offered before or after surgery and can be combined with chemotherapy.
CHEMOTHERAPY is usually offered when tumors cannot be removed surgically and can be used before and/or
after surgery.
CLINICAL TRIALS are an option for eligible pancreatic cancer patients and may offer a patient the best opportunity
for a positive outcome.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer often don't occur until the disease is advanced. They may include:

Please call us here at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates if you or a loved one have been Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.

 

You Might Also Enjoy...

What are “Monoclonal Antibodies” ?

You may have heard this term Monoclonal Antibody before from your physician or during education. These drugs are cancer treatments that enlist natural immune system functions to fight cancer. They may be used in combination with other cancer treatments.