About Pancreatic Cancer
What Is Pancreatic Cancer?
The pancreas is a tiny organ, inside the stomach responsible for enzyme production that facilitates the digestion of food, and also helps in keeping the body sugar levels at the optimum levels. It also produces hormones like Insulin that decreases the level of glucose in the blood and Glucagon which increases the level of Glucose in the blood. Pancreatic Cancer is a form of cancer, which claims around 75000 lives in USA every year and around 80000 lives in Europe. Though the medicinal frontiers have gained significant strides in treatment of cancer during the last few years, the same levels of success continue to elude in treatment of pancreatic cancer.
There are very limited choices available for treating the cancer of pancreas and the survival has not been extended by any medicinal discovery or invention for the last decade. In particular for those who have been inflicted with the advanced stage of pancreatic cancer, the survival for five years is less than 1%. In the cases where detection has been made in the early stages, the rate of survival after surgery hovers between 18 to 24%.
The success rate in treatment of pancreatic cancer is abysmal due to the fact that it has great resilience and resistance against chemotherapy or radiotherapy of any kind, and has the tendency to spread to different parts of the body at a very fast rate. Thus, the mortality rate is very high and the stem of expectancy of life starts rotting at a very fast pace. Persons diagnosed with pancreatic cancer usually do not survive beyond a year.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most fatal form of cancer behind breast, colon and prostrate, however it still has to find fund allocations of the same magnitude when viewed from the perspective that the research for treatment of pancreatic cancer is still in a very rudimentary stage.
This is one form of cancer which does not provide definite symptoms whereby the cancer can be detected at a formative stage, and also coupled is the fact that options for treatment for this form of cancer are very limited. The detection is difficult to find as the pancreas is located inside the body in a position which does not come into detection in the formative stages. The tumor continues to prosper once it has set in, as it is very difficult to distinguish between the inflammations of pancreas also referred to as pancreatitis and the tumor.
Once the cancer sets in the pancreas, the bile duct which caries bile from the liver to the arteries gets clogged there is reverse flow of bile as a result of which jaundice, itching fever etc., set in the body and subsequently it starts affecting other organs as well, and ultimately it leads to death.
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