Because pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose early, many do not find out they have it until it is well advanced and surgery is not possible. Discover more about pancreatic cancer, including risk factors, screening and diagnosis, symptoms and treatment.
The risks of Taxol and Taxotere are based on the health of the patient. Most patients have limited side effects below the maximum tolerated dose. The benefits include increased survival time and slower disease progression.
Pancreatic cancer is often detected late and has a poor prognosis. Its most prominent symptom is severe abdominal and back pains. Learn more about pancreatic cancer pain relief and how to improve the quality of one’s remaining life.
The uPA-uPAR enzyme system is involved in many malignancies, including pancreatic cancer. However progress in therapeutic targeting have been slow. Now, antibody therapies show potential to enter the clinic, allowing researchers to investigate the potential of uPA targeted therapy for cancer.
Cutting edge treatments for pancreatic cancer are used to produce more effective results. Several surgical procedures, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are the key treatment options. Some patients may also participate in ongoing clinical trials for pancreatic cancer.
Tumors in the pancreatic duct are mostly malignant and remain to be some of the most deadly cancers because they are difficult to diagnose and do not improve much with treatment. Learn more about these tumors which are affecting more people in the United States, how they are diagnosed and treated.
The symptoms of pancreatic cancer can seem vague and may not appear until a later stage of the disease. Learn about these symptoms along with methods used for diagnosis in order to help aid in early detection.
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.
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.