Pancreatic cancer is one of the world’s deadliest cancers. The physicians of Premier Surgical of Knoxville and Cleveland, TN, what you to be aware of the symptoms because seeing a specialist early on can increase your chance of survival. 

About Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a disease that begins in the tissues of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland found behind the stomach. It plays an important role in digestion and blood sugar regulation. 

Like most types of cancer, the exact cause of pancreatic cancer is still unknown. However, there are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing it. These include:

  • A family history of pancreatic cancer
  • Diabetes 
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • A diet high in fat and meat
  • Low levels of selenium and lycopene

The Signs and Symptoms

Many cases of pancreatic cancer are asymptomatic in the early stages, which means it tends to be silent and pretty much painless at the start. As the disease progresses, many patients experience the following:

  • Abdominal pain
    The pain from pancreatic cancer is felt at the upper abdominal area that radiates at the back. It’s usually a dull aching pain that comes and goes. 
  • Jaundice
    Jaundice or the yellowish discoloration of the skin and sclera (the white part) of the eyes happens when pancreatic cancer causes blockage on the duct that releases the bile into the intestine. This blockage can also cause itching, light-colored stools, and dark-colored urine. 
  • Bloating
    In some cases, pancreatic cancer can cause people to experience bloating with meals. 
  • Nausea and vomiting 

If you are experiencing these symptoms, set an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. 

Treating Pancreatic Cancer

How the doctor would treat your pancreatic cancer would depend on several factors, including your cancer stage and type, potential side effects, and your overall health and preference.

Surgery is one of the treatment options. It involves the removal of a part or all of the pancreas, depending on the location and size of the tumor.

Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville and Cleveland has surgeons who can treat pancreatic cancer. Our surgeons can recommend the most suitable option for you and walk you through the process. 

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