Pancreatic cancer is relatively uncommon. Pancreatic cancer begins when cells in the pancreas start to grow uncontrollably. It is an aggressive form of cancer.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF PANCREATIC CANCER?
There are several types of pancreatic cancer but more than 9 in 10 cases are ductal adenocarcinomas.
In ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas, cancer develops from a cell which becomes cancerous in the pancreatic duct. This multiplies and a tumour then develops in and around the duct.
There are some rare types of cancer which arise from other types of cells within the pancreas. For example, cells in the pancreas that make insulin or glucagon can become cancerous (insulinomas and glucagonomas). These behave differently to ductal adenocarcinoma.
Certain risk factors increase the chance that pancreatic cancer may develop. These include:
In about 7 in 10 cases the tumour first develops in the head of the pancreas. This stops the flow of bile into the first part of the gut, known as the duodenum, which leads to:
Feeling sick (nausea) and being sick (vomiting) are also fairly common symptoms. Other symptoms include:
If you are confirmed to have pancreatic cancer, or it is strongly suspected from the initial tests, further tests may be done to assess if it has spread. For example:
Treatment options that may be considered include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The treatment advised for each case depends on various factors, such as how large the cancer is and whether it has spread (the stage of the cancer) and your general health.
Treatment may aim to cure the cancer. Some pancreatic cancers can be cured if they are treated in the early stages of the disease.
At KIMS, one of the best cancer treatment hospitals in Hyderabad, your personal team of experts, which includes cancer specialist in Hyderabad, surgeons, radiologists, gastroenterologists and a specially trained support staff, communicates closely about your care for pancreatic cancer. As an important part of the care team, you are involved in every decision.
As one of the nation's largest pancreatic cancer treatment in Hyderabad, we are able to offer a variety of innovative treatments, including proton therapy and targeted therapies that help your body fight pancreatic cancer.