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Pancreatic Cancer


What is pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer occurs when cells multiply out of control and a mass of tissue grows within the pancreas. Sometimes this mass is benign (not cancerous) or can become malignant (cancerous). Two types of tumors grow in the pancreas: exocrine and neuroendocrine tumors. About 93% of all pancreatic tumors are exocrine tumors, and the most common kind of pancreatic cancer is called adenocarcinoma.

Who does this cancer affect?

According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer represents approximately 3% of all cancers and 7% of all cancer deaths in the United States. It occurs slightly more often in men than in women.

Pancreatic cancer treatment in Southwest Florida

The Lee Health Regional Cancer Center is helping patients all around Florida. If you are traveling from Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, or Port Charlotte, we can help you navigate the next steps in treatment options. To learn more, call the facility at 239-343-9500

What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer

Your healthcare provider might suspect pancreatic cancer if you have some symptoms and you’ve recently developed diabetes or pancreatitis — a painful condition due to the inflammation of the pancreas. 

Most people don’t experience early signs of pancreatic cancer. As the disease progresses, however, people may notice:

  • Blood clots in the body
  • New or worsening diabetes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Upper abdominal pain that may spread to the back
  • Loss of appetite
  • Light colored poop
  • Dark colored pee
  • Weight loss

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We are able to offer a comprehensive treatment options with our expert staff of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and surgical oncologists at the Lee Health Regional Cancer Center. 

What are the stages of pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is categorized into five different stages. Depending on the size and location of the tumor and whether or not cancer has spread to other areas.

Stage 0: Abnormal cells in the lining of the pancreas. The cells could become cancerous and spread to nearby tissue.

Stage 1: The tumor is in the pancreas.

Stage 2: The tumor is in the pancreas and has either spread to nearby tissues, organs, or lymph nodes.

Stage 3: Cancer has spread to major blood vessels near the pancreas. It may have also spread to nearby lymph nodes.

Stage 4: Cancer has spread to distant areas in the body, such as the liver, lungs, or abdominal cavity. It has possibly spread to organs, tissues, or lymph nodes near the pancreas.

How is pancreatic cancer treated?

Pancreatic cancer treatment depends on where the tumor is located, what stage it is in, how healthy you are, and whether or not the cancer has spread beyond the pancreas. 

When it is not detected early it tends to spread to nearby lymph nodes, then to the liver, and lungs. Even though pancreatic cancer has a poor survival rate, it can potentially be cured if detected and treated very early.

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