About the difficulties that exist on the way to detecting and treating pancreatic cancer, says Konstantin Kopchak, Doctor of Medical Sciences of the National Cancer Institute.
The doctor notes that, unfortunately, it is difficult for patients with RPD to survive a year, but at certain stages it is possible to overcome the disease and even recover. Recovery is considered to be the absence of cancer return within 5 years.
The most common signs of pancreatic damage are elevated bilirubin levels ("jaundice"), lack of appetite, and uncontrolled weight loss, which usually means that the cancer has already spread to other organs. Patients also complain of abdominal pain that spreads to the back and worsens significantly over time. Pain syndrome is typical for 2/3 of patients.
Stages of treatment planning
During the first visit to the doctor, the patient learns about the necessary examinations so that the council of doctors makes the right initial decision on the strategy and tactics of treatment.
Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer
The pancreas is divided into two parts. One of them produces enzymes, the other produces hormones. Depending on which part is affected, certain symptoms occur. In addition, there are many important organs located near the pancreas, so the symptoms may depend precisely on the effect directly on them.
A non-specific symptom of RPD is general fatigue and weakness.
Diabetes may also be a symptom for the first time, so this is a recommendation for a mandatory CT scan.
A change in hormonal background can also be a sign of hormone-producing tumors of the pancreas (fortunately, this is a rather rare type of neoplasm).
Tumors of the head of the pancreas block the outflow of bile to the duodenum, so jaundice is a characteristic symptom.
There may also be indigestion, weight loss, nausea and vomiting.
Pain is a characteristic symptom, but it is added at a later stage.
Diagnostics of RPD
Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to see a tumor on the pancreas even with the help of the most modern diagnostic tools. There is also no screening for RPD, so the disease is often diagnosed at a late stage, which greatly complicates treatment.
Methods of treatment of RPD
Any treatment is aimed at maximizing the prolongation of life and maintaining its quality.
The main methods are surgery and chemotherapy. Radiation therapy is used much less often.
The sequence of methods is different, but it affects the success of treatment.
Recommendations from a specialist
It is very important not to neglect prevention. Lead a healthy lifestyle, watch your weight, and play sports.
Also, you shouldn't procrastinate and neglect your own health when you experience any symptoms you don't like. Be sure to see a doctor if you notice that something is happening to you.