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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is pancreatic cancer?

Cancer of the pancreas. Risk factors include heavy drinking and diabetes.

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer

  • Unintentional weight loss of more than 5% or 1-2kg in a month

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Recent weight loss

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Back pain worse with exercise

  • Abdominal pain

  • Always in pain

  • Skin Itching

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pancreatic cancer

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pancreatic cancer

  • Have you had unintentional weight loss of more than 2 kgs in a month?

  • Do you have abdominal (stomach) pain in any particular location?

  • Have you lost weight recently?

  • Have you noticed your eyes or skin are turning yellow?

  • Do your symptoms appear after exercise?

Treatment for pancreatic cancer

The specialist will confirm the diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan. Options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of the above. Supportive and palliative care with painkillers and counseling also plays an important role.

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