Unfortunately, many patients are not diagnosed until the last stages of pancreatic cancer. In stage IV of the disease, pain maintenance is the main concern.
To address the side effects of conventional treatment and to increase the body’s ability to cope with pancreatic cancer, consider the less mainstream therapies. Here are a few examples of what is available in terms of pancreatic cancer alternative treatment options.
Medical, practical, and emotional support is needed when learning how to care for a loved one with pancreatic cancer. Because pancreatic cancer is one of the more aggressive cancers, caregivers may be faced with a different level of care and concerns.
Pancreatic cancer is considered highly aggressive and often associated with a poor prognosis. Understanding the association between pancreatic cancer and risk factors can help prevent the development of this aggressive and deadly cancer. Risk factors include: age, diabetes, smoking, family history.
There have been significant advances in the understanding of pancreatic cancer at the molecular level and in the treatment of early-stage tumors. A blood test for pancreatic cancer is possible by measurement of serum CA 19-9, which can be a useful biomarker for the disease.
This article describes pancreatic cancer life expectancy rates as set forth in guidelines of the American Joint Committee on Cancer and endorsed by the American Cancer Society.
Although the exact causes of pancreatic cancer are unknown, there are risk factors that have been identified. Learn what they are and find out how you can prevent pancreatic cancer.
A leading cause of cancer related death in the United States, pancreatic cancer not only spreads rapidly, but also is often diagnosed too late. Here we discuss pancreatic cancer research and the focus on screening and prevention as well as treatment.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has published a series of recommendations regarding routine cancer screening and prevention methods. Find out the recommendations for pancreatic and thyroid cancer screening as well as the recommendation regarding smoking cessation counseling.