Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Pancreatic Cancer Treatments

Pancreatic cancer causes about 7% of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Without a doubt, it is not well understood. Yet, early detection is critical to ensuring long-term recovery and well-being.

Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

The pancreas, a long gland located in the abdomen, helps with blood sugar regulation and the digestion process. Cancer in this area may include symptoms such as:

  • A loss of appetite
  • Blood clot development
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Significant weight loss
  • Jaundice development

Surgical Oncologist Dr. David Roife with Premier Surgical at Fort Sanders Regional says, “Pancreatic cancer is one of the hardest cancers to diagnose early, because of the location where it grows. Typically, it doesn’t cause any symptoms until it has already advanced or spread too far.”

Could You Be at Risk?

Many people could be at risk of developing pancreatic cancer. While researchers do not have a specific cause for the development of cancer, some people may be more likely to suffer from this condition than others. That includes those who have risk factors such as:

  • Smoking or tobacco product use
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Diabetes that’s not well controlled
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Exposure to dry cleaning or metalworking chemicals


Proper screenings are essential in diagnosing and treating cancers like pancreatic cancer. If you have a family history of pancreatic cancer, seek out routine screening. The sooner you get screened, the sooner treatment can begin to protect your life. There are methods that can help, including surgical removal of the cancer.

Get the Help You Need Today

Premier Surgical has surgeons who are experienced in diagnosing and treating pancreatic cancer. To request an appointment with one of our board-certified Premier surgeons, visit