Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

What is Pancreatic Cancer?

The pancreas secretes enzymes that aid digestion and hormones that help regulate the metabolism of sugars.

Symptoms:
  • Significant weight loss: Characteristic feature of pancreatic cancer
  • Midepigastric pain: Common symptom of pancreatic cancer, sometimes with radiation of the pain to the midback or lower-back region
  • Often, unrelenting pain: Nighttime pain often a predominant complaint
  • Onset of diabetes mellitus within the previous year
  • Painless obstructive jaundice: Most characteristic sign of cancer of head of the pancreas
  • Pruritus: Often the patient's most distressing symptom
  • Depression
  • Migratory thrombophlebitis (ie, Trousseau sign) and venous thrombosis: May be the first presentation