Pancreatic cancer

It starts when cells in the pancreas start to grow out of control. Pancreatic cancer initiates when abnormal cells in the pancreas grow and divide out of mechanism and form a tumor. Organs, similar the pancreas, are made up of cells. Usually, cells split to form new cells as the body desires them. When cells get old, they die, and new cells take their place. Cancers that cultivate within the pancreas fall into two chief categories:

  • cancers of the endocrine pancreas are called "islet cell" or "pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors or PNETs"
  • Cancers of the exocrine pancreas (the part that makes enzymes).

Treatment can consist of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of these.

Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer:

  • Pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to back.
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Depression,
  • Blood clots.

 

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