Pancreatic Cancer News

Pancreatic cancer occurs when a tumor forms within the pancreas, a fish-shaped organ surrounded by the liver and the organs of the digestive system. The pancreas is responsible for producing enzymes that break down food.

Most cancers of the pancreas are called adenocarcinomas, which are tumors that form in the gland cells of the pancreas.

Causes and Symptoms

Things such as smoking, diabetes, obesity or a family history of pancreatic cancer can increase your chances of developing the disease. If you have inflammation of the pancreas because of a disorder such as pancreatitis, that also can enhance your risk. Researchers are also examining whether heavy alcohol use or a diet that is high in fat might increase your risk for pancreatic cancer.

When pancreatic cancer presents symptoms, one of the main warning signs is pain in the upper part of your belly or the middle of the back. Jaundice, in which the skin and eyes have a tinge of yellow, also sometimes occurs. You may experience dark urine or stools that are pale or float in the toilet. Nausea and vomiting are additional warning signs of pancreatic cancer.

Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Treatment for pancreatic cancer is most effective if the cancer is caught at an early stage and the tumor can be completely removed via surgery. However, even if the cancer has grown or spread, treatments can still help the patient live a longer and better-quality life. Common treatments for pancreatic cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, targeted therapy and chemotherapy.

SOURCES: American Cancer Society; U.S. National Cancer Institute

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11/9/2017
10/17/2017
Weight-Loss Surgery May Curb Risk for Certain Cancers

Endometrial and breast tumors were less likely among obese women who had the procedure

9/8/2017
Obamacare Paid Off for Poorer Cancer Patients

Health coverage surged in states that expanded Medicaid, research finds

7/12/2017
New Test May Help Spot Pancreatic Cancer Early

Low-cost blood screening could be key weapon against No. 3 cancer killer in U.S.

6/5/2017
Experimental Gene-Targeted Drug Hits Cancer Where It Lives

But the gene flaw is rare, affecting less than 1 percent of typical cancers, researchers say

6/2/2017
Is One Round of Radiation Enough for Spine Pain in Cancer Patients?

Study suggests it works as well as a full week of treatments

5/24/2017
Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer Shows Early Promise

Scientists aim for earlier detection, when tumors are treatable

5/24/2017
Thick Middle May Raise Risk of Some Cancers

Where fat is carried is as strong a predictor as BMI, research suggests

5/8/2017
Not All Hospitals Equal When It Comes to Pancreatic Cancer Care

Academic medical centers that perform more tumor surgeries had better patient outcomes, study found

4/5/2017
Surgery May Be Best for Advanced Melanoma

Patients who had lesions reaching the belly removed lived about 18 months longer, study says

3/31/2017
Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Still, more progress is needed and racial disparities remain, U.S. report finds

1/31/2017
Is There a Link Between Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer?

Type 2 diabetes onset or worsening may be early sign of deadly, hard-to-detect cancer, study suggests

12/20/2016
Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Chinese-based study, analysis of previous research point to everyday use decreasing the odds

8/24/2016
Excess Weight Tied to Higher Risk for Many Cancers, Experts Say

International committee finds thinner folks less likely to develop variety of malignancies

6/6/2016
Useless Treatments Common in Young, Terminal Cancer Patients

3 in 4 get aggressive therapies with painful side effects in last months of their lives, study finds

5/3/2016
Additional Treatments Offer Little Benefit for Pancreatic Cancer: Study

Neither extra chemotherapy drug nor add-on radiation aided longevity in French trial

4/29/2016
Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers

Study finds even small increases in pollution raised overall odds of dying from disease by 22 percent

4/20/2016
Study Ties Certain Mouth Germs to Pancreatic Cancer Risk

But research can't prove cause-and-effect and more investigation is needed, experts say

4/20/2016
Oral Hygiene and Pancreatic Cancer

Could bad oral hygiene up risk for pancreatic cancer? New research investigates.

3/1/2016
Is Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Raised Risk of Certain Cancers?

Study suggests, but doesn't prove, that odds increase for some types of tumors, but drop for others

2/19/2016
Researchers Pursue Clue Between Obesity, Breast and Pancreatic Cancer

People with excess weight may have more of a potentially tumor-promoting substance, scientists say

10/23/2015
Onivyde Approved for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

Thousands projected to die from hard-to-treat disease

10/22/2015
FDA Approves New Pancreatic Cancer Drug

Agency says medication can be used in combination with others for advanced cases

9/3/2015
Electrical Bursts to Pancreatic Cancer Cells May Help Fight Tumor

Study found procedure improved survival for people with stage 3 disease

8/3/2015
Urine Test Might Find Pancreatic Cancer Early, Study Suggests

But expert says whether it will improve outcomes not proven yet

6/24/2015
Blood Protein May Spot Pancreatic Cancer Early

But more research is needed before test is used for monitoring or screening, researchers say

6/15/2015
Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

Eighty percent of lung cancer deaths linked to smoking, researchers say

4/30/2015
Cloudy Climes May Up Risk of Pancreatic Cancer: Study

Shortage of vitamin D may be to blame

4/21/2015
Diabetes Drug May Not Guard Against Pancreatic Cancer

Survival not significantly different from patients who didn't take metformin, study finds

4/9/2015
Study Yields Genetic Insights Into Pancreatic Cancer

Multiple gene mutations identified that could be targets for treatment

4/8/2015
Study Probes Use of MRI to Spot Pancreatic Cancer in High-Risk Patients

Small trial suggests the scans might help, but experts aren't so sure

3/30/2015
Report Shows Progress in America's War on Cancer

Small, but steady declines in deaths seen over past decade

2/19/2015
More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago

Study shows biggest improvements in people diagnosed between ages 50 and 64

2/4/2015
Device Aims to Deliver Cancer-Killing Drugs Directly to Pancreas

Early trial consistently shrunk tumors in mice, but some experts question the potential use for humans

1/30/2015
Researchers Learning More About Deadly Pancreatic Cancer

FDA hopes targeted drug research will lead to 'big break'

1/16/2015
Pursuing Pancreatic Cancer's Deadly Secret

Researchers identify a gene that may trigger early spread

1/9/2015
Study Says Biopsies Are Safe

Cancer patients who had fine needle aspiration lived longer

1/7/2015
Study Finds Link Between Cancer Diagnosis, Stroke Risk

Threat was highest first three months after diagnosis, researchers say

10/6/2014
Cancer Diagnosis Can Take Toll on Mental Health, Study Finds

Breast cancer particularly troubling, researchers report

9/30/2014
Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors

Finding is yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight, experts say

9/29/2014
Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer

Finding might lead one day to test for a disease that's hard to detect before advanced stages

9/9/2014
Can Prediabetes Raise Risk of Certain Cancers?

Study found link to breast, colon, liver and other tumors

6/26/2014
Study: Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Help Ward Off Pancreatic Cancer

But, finding isn't conclusive, and people shouldn't take the drug just to cut cancer risk, experts say

6/5/2014
No Drop in Smokeless Tobacco Use Among U.S. Workers: CDC

Mining, construction fields hotbeds for products like snuff, survey finds

5/29/2014
Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer Seen in Circumcised Blacks: Study

But findings still preliminary, need confirmation

5/20/2014
Blood Test May Spot Pancreatic Cancer Earlier

Other research cites advances in treatment of this deadly disease

5/19/2014
Pancreatic Cancer Will Be 2nd Deadliest Cancer by 2030: Study

Prediction highlights need for more research on this difficult-to-diagnose, treat disease, U.S. experts say

4/4/2014
Diabetes Tied to Higher Risk of Pancreatic Cancer in Study

But it's not always clear which disease comes first, researchers say

2/26/2014
Study Sees No Evidence Linking Diabetes Drugs With Pancreatic Cancer

But FDA assessment calls for further look at injectable type-2 treatments

1/21/2014
Blood Test Might Help Spot Pancreatic Cancer Early

Danish researchers say findings are preliminary, test produces a lot of false positive results