Anil Cancer Clinic

Cancer Types

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer that originates in the pancreas, an organ responsible for producing digestive enzymes and insulin.
It is a serious and often fatal disease, with symptoms typically appearing in the later stages.

Pancreatic Cancer
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Risk Factors & Prevention

Risk Factors:

  • Age (most common in older adults)
  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Chronic pancreatitis


  • Quit smoking
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Limit alcohol consumption

Screening & Symptoms

Early detection of pancreatic cancer is challenging, and routine screening is not yet widely available. Screening may be recommended for individuals with a family history or certain genetic predispositions.

Symptoms & Signs:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Digestive issues
  • Changes in stool color
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Diagnosis & Stages


  • Imaging tests (CT scans, MRIs)
  • Biopsy for confirmation
  • Blood tests to assess pancreatic function.

Sub-types & Stages:

Pancreatic cancer can be classified into exocrine and endocrine tumors.

Staging helps determine the extent of the cancer, ranging from localized to advanced stages.


Treatment Modalities & Coping Treatment:

Treatment Modalities: 
Treatment options for Pancreatic cancer may include: 

  • Surgery (removal of tumor)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Immunotherapy

Coping With Treatment:

  • Seek emotional support from friends, family, or support groups.
  • Consider counseling or therapy to cope with the emotional impact.
  • Focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle to support overall well-being.
Emotional Support
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Do's & Don'ts During Treatment


  • Follow the treatment plan diligently.
  • Communicate openly with the healthcare team.
  • Adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle.


  • Ignore symptoms or side effects.
  • Engage in activities that may compromise health.
  • Hesitate to ask for help or support.
Regular Check-Ups

Post Treatment Support, Followup Care and Surveillance :

Post Treatment Support:

  • Rehabilitation programs to regain strength.
  • Emotional support for post-treatment adjustment.
  • Nutritional counseling for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Follow-ups Cancer Plan:

  • Regular follow-up appointments to monitor recovery.
  • Imaging and blood tests to check for recurrence.
  • Modification of treatment plan as needed.

Surveillance & Monitoring for Indications for Recurrence:

  • Ongoing monitoring for signs and symptoms of recurrence.
  • Imaging and diagnostic tests as indicated by the healthcare team.

Frequently Asked Questions

While not entirely preventable, lifestyle changes like quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce risk.

Diagnosis involves imaging tests, biopsy, and blood tests to assess pancreatic function.

Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy.

Seeking support from friends, family, or support groups and considering counseling can be beneficial.

Prognosis varies based on the stage at diagnosis, but early detection improves the chances of successful treatment.

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