The Pancreatic Cancer Cure: Do You Have The Courage To Believe?
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest and most aggressive forms of cancer. This disease is difficult to diagnose and usually has no symptoms in its early stages. The survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients is very low, with only about 2 percent surviving five years after diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon and lung cancers combined – about 40,000 Americans die from this disease each year.
How does the body form cancer cells?
Cancer is a disease of the body’s cells. In normal cells, growth and division are tightly controlled by genes. Genes are segments of DNA that carry information needed for the cell to function properly. Genes direct all aspects of growth, development and other activities in our bodies.
When a person has cancer, some of their cells grow and divide without control. These abnormal cells form a mass called a tumor or tumor mass, which may grow until it causes symptoms or becomes life threatening (malignant). Cancerous tumors can invade nearby tissues and organs if left untreated or unrecognized for long periods of time before being diagnosed.
Cancerous tumors often metastasize via the lymphatic system or bloodstream to other areas where they continue to grow into new tumors (lumps). The spread of cancer from one part of your body to another is referred to as metastasis.”
What do we know about pancreatic cancer?
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the fifth most common cause of cancer death. It is difficult to detect early because it is often painless, but it tends to be diagnosed at a late stage when treatment options are limited due to its advanced stage.
In other words: if you don’t want pancreatic cancer, then you need to stay healthy and be vigilant about your health in order to detect any abnormalities early on. This can be done by having regular blood tests (once every three months), as well as an annual physical examination by your doctor.
If these tests show anything unusual then additional testing could be needed such as an endoscopy or CT scan which examines internal organs from within and without respectively
How does pancreatic cancer spread?
Pancreatic cancer can spread to other parts of the body in several ways. Cancer cells travel through the bloodstream or lymphatic system and can reach distant organs, such as liver and lungs. Cancer cells may also spread to nearby organs (such as the abdominal cavity) or lymph nodes. This is called metastasis; it occurs when cancer travels along nerves or blood vessels to another organ.
Cancer may spread to other organs via three routes: direct extension, lymphatic system metastasis and hematogenous metastasis (see below). The most common route for pancreas cancer to spread is by direct extension into surrounding tissues, like blood vessels or nearby lymph nodes (some tumors can grow large enough that they actually push on nearby organs). As a result of this type of growth pattern, it’s typical for patients with localized disease at diagnosis—that is those whose cancers have not yet spread from where they started—to show signs of regional recurrence soon after treatment ends; these are often treated successfully with surgery alone instead of chemotherapy since chemotherapy isn’t needed until there’s evidence that there are additional tumors beyond what was found during surgery.”
What causes pancreatic cancer?
Pancreatic cancer is a very aggressive disease, and it can kill you in a matter of months. The way this happens is simple: the pancreas produces digestive enzymes that help break down food. If you have pancreatic cancer, those enzymes aren’t working anymore, so your body can’t digest food properly. This leads to weight loss and malnutrition (which makes it harder for your body to fight off diseases).
Pancreatic cancer is not hereditary or contagious; if you have one parent with the disease then there’s only a 5% chance that you’ll get it yourself.* It also doesn’t seem to be caused by smoking or obesity.
When should a person have a scan for pancreatic cancer?
The answer to this question is not black-and-white. It’s more like gray, with a few splashes of white.
The best time to get a scan for pancreatic cancer is when you have symptoms of pancreatic cancer or a family history of it. If you have both, then there’s no question that you should get the test as soon as possible (provided your doctor agrees).
If your doctor recommends that you get an imaging test because you have one or more risk factors but no symptoms, it will depend on your situation. If these are just mild risk factors—for instance, being over 60 years old and having high blood pressure—then it may be worth waiting until the results from your next physical exam before considering whether or not to undergo imaging tests such as CT scans and MRIs. On the other hand, if they are moderate risk factors—for instance, being over 40 years old with diabetes but no other symptoms—then definitely go ahead with getting an imaging test done sooner rather than later!
How many people can relate to the story of pancreatic cancer?
The statistics are chilling. There are more than 50,000 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year in the United States and that doesn’t include all of the people who have it but aren’t diagnosed until it’s too late. The survival rate for this disease is only 5%. It’s also one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, so even when you do get a diagnosis and start treatment there isn’t much time to waste.
What is being done to prevent or cure pancreatic cancer?
The good news is that pancreatic cancer is an exciting area of research. Scientists have developed new treatments, such as immunotherapy and targeted therapy, which are showing promise in clinical trials. However, none of these treatments has yet been shown to be effective in curing pancreatic cancer. There’s still a lot of work to be done; however, we can all help by donating money to the cause or by participating in clinical trials yourself if you have been diagnosed with this disease. Many people believe that we will see new treatments emerge over the next few years that will revolutionize the way doctors treat this disease – but until then, we must accept that there are no guarantees when it comes to beating pancreatic cancer!
Is there any hope for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?
Yes. The answer is yes. There are treatments available for pancreatic cancer, and they can be effective. It’s important to have a good understanding of the disease, the treatments and the side effects, but you can learn all that information here at Pancreatic Cancer Cure HQ.
In order to help you make an informed decision about your treatment options, we have created this comprehensive guide that will walk you through everything from diagnosis to surgery and treatment options. You’ll learn how each procedure works and what risks are involved with each one so that you can make an informed decision about which path best suits your needs—or perhaps if it’s better just not doing anything at all!
There is no known cure for pancreatic cancer, but in recent years some new treatments are showing promise.
The pancreas is an organ that lies behind the stomach and produces enzymes that digest food and hormones that help your body metabolize sugar. Pancreatic cancer starts in the cells of the pancreas. There are two main types of pancreatic cancer, differentiated by how they look under a microscope: adenocarcinoma and neuroendocrine tumors. These cancers can grow slowly over many years or quickly spread outside of the pancreas. In fact, some patients don’t even have symptoms until their disease has advanced to stage 4 (or later).
- Symptoms include weight loss with no known cause; jaundice; pain in your abdomen or back; weakness; fatigue; pain when swallowing; pale stools or dark urine.* Treatment depends on how far along your tumor is at diagnosis, but may include surgery to remove as much tumor as possible followed by chemotherapy drugs like gemcitabine (Gemzar) or nab-paclitaxel (Abraxane). If these treatments fail, there are newer drugs available for patients whose disease has progressed beyond standard therapies like gemcitabine/nab-paclitaxel combinations**__ENDWRITE__
With the right treatment, pancreatic cancer can be cured. We know this because we have seen it happen. Your doctor may not tell you this, but he or she will do everything possible to help you live a long and healthy life. What did we learn? Most importantly: There is no known cure for pancreatic cancer at this point in time; however, if caught early enough there are treatments available that can extend your life expectancy by years if not decades!