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What Is Pancreatic Cancer?Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant cells develop in the tissues of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland positioned behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It is responsible for producing digestive juices and hormones that regulate blood sugar. Specifically, cells called exocrine pancreas cells produce the digestive juices, while cells termed endocrine pancreas cells generate the hormones. Pancreatic cancer begins when cells in your pancreas develop mutations in their DNA. These mutations prompt cells to grow uncontrollably and to continue living even after normal cells deteriorate and die. These accumulating cells can produce tumors and may spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. Most pancreatic cancer cases start in the cells that line the ducts of the pancreas.
Types of Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic Exocrine TumorsAbout 94% of pancreatic cancers are classified as exocrine tumors. These tumors start in the exocrine cells — including sweat, salivary, mammary, ceruminous, lacrimal, sebaceous, and mucous — of the pancreas. Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of pancreatic cancer, and treatment for these tumors is based on the stage of growth.
Pancreatic Endocrine TumorsThese tumors are far less common and are most often benign (noncancerous). Though rare, cancer originating from a pancreatic endocrine tumor (PET) affects the hormone-producing cells, which manufacture and release insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These tumors are also termed islet cell tumors or neuroendocrine tumors.
Warning Signs or SymptomsHaving one or more of the symptoms below does not automatically mean you have pancreatic cancer. In fact, some of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by other health conditions. However, if you have any of these symptoms, it is wise to have them checked by a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment, if needed. The symptoms of exocrine pancreatic cancers and endocrine pancreatic tumors often differ from one another. Thus, they are described separately.
Signs and Symptoms of Exocrine Pancreatic Cancer
- Jaundice and related symptoms (dark urine, light-colored or greasy stool, and itchy skin)
- Abdomen or back pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood clots
- Weight loss and poor appetite
- Gallbladder or liver enlargement
Signs and Symptoms of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs)
- Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide Releasing Tumor (VIPomas)
- Pancreatic Polypeptide or PPomas
- Carcinoid tumors
How to Prevent Pancreatic CancerToday, there is still no known cause of pancreatic cancer, meaning there are no definite ways to thwart the disease. But what you can do to keep it at bay is to minimize the risk factors you can control. Here are some ways:
Avoid smokingSmoking increases your risk of developing not only pancreatic cancer, but various other life-threatening diseases. Talk to your doctor about tactics to help you stop, including medications, support groups, and nicotine replacement therapy. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
Maintain a healthy weightIf you have a healthy weight, maintain it. If you need to lose weight, strive to lose one or two pounds (0.5 or 1 kilogram) a week, which may seem slow, but steady and healthy nonetheless.
Choose a healthy dietCombine regular exercise with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to help you lose weight. A diet rich in colorful produce and whole grains may also help reduce your risk of varying cancers.
Reduce alcohol useHeavy alcohol intake has long been tied to pancreatic cancer in many studies. Though the link is still uncertain, drinking too much alcohol can lead to conditions such as cirrhosis and chronic pancreatitis, both of which increase pancreatic cancer risk.
Limit exposure to certain chemicalsAvoiding workplace exposure to chemicals that may reduce your risk for pancreatic cancer, including benzene, pesticides, certain dyes, and petrochemicals (petroleum and natural gas).
How to Prevent Pancreatic Cancer:New Hope Medical Cancer Diagnostic Process
Medical examinationYour medical records and family health history are crucial to determining pancreatic cancer risk. A physical exam is also necessary, followed by laboratory tests to determine whether you have internal signs of the disease.
CT ScanComputerized tomography is an imaging test that produces intricate and detailed images of the interior parts of the body, including the pancreas.
UltrasoundUsing high-frequency sound waves, an ultrasound produces images of the different organs and body parts to detect abnormalities.
BiopsyA surgeon commonly performs a biopsy. It works by removing a tissue sample from the body, which helps discover the presence, cause, or extent of cancer.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)MRI is another type of imaging test that generates detailed images of the different parts of the body using radio waves.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) ScanThis nuclear medicine functional imaging technique is used to examine metabolic processes in the body as an aid to diagnose diseases.
How New Hope Medical Center Treats Pancreatic Cancer
Our pancreatic cancer treatment programs may include, but are not limited to:
Anti-Tumor Intravenous TherapyIV therapy allows a high dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to enter the bloodstream without passing through the digestive tract.
Dendritic Cell TherapySince the 1990s, dendritic cells are clinically used as cellular mediators for therapeutic vaccination of patients with cancer and advanced diseases.
Advanced ImmunotherapyAdvanced immunotherapy boosts the body’s natural ability to combat cancer by restoring immune system function.
Micro-Dose ChemotherapyCancer is better controlled by administering low-doses of chemotherapy drugs rather than using high doses that damage the body and allow drug-resistant tumor cells to spread.
Ozone TherapyOzone therapy is used to sterilize and treat conditions by disinfecting the area around them, improving the body’s absorption and use of oxygen, and stimulating the immune system.
Hyperbaric Oxygen TherapyYour body needs a sufficient supply of oxygen to function. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized tube or room.
Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy (UBI)UBI is a method that exposes the blood to light, which heightens the body’s immune response to eliminate infections.
Far Infrared TherapyFar infrared enhances circulation in the skin, eases pains, modulates sleep, protects against oxidative stress, and reduces inflammation.
Nutritional Guidance and LecturesProper nutrition is essential to good health and is absolutely essential for a fully-functional and disease-combating body.
Autologous Immunogen Therapy (AIT)The feasibility and immunogenicity of an autologous AT-2-inactivated DC vaccine has been shown to support its potential use for therapeutic immunization of chronically infected individuals, including cancer patients.
FacilitiesAt New Hope Unlimited, we pride ourselves in providing superior comfort, cleanliness, and cancer care at our 8,000 square foot medical treatment center in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. We worked with renowned architects and contractors to create the ideal space for recovery, which includes state-of-the-art lounge areas and spacious private in-rooms that assure the comfort of our patients and their loved ones. To make our patients feel right at home, each private ward is equipped with high-definition U.S. television, quality bedding, and high-speed internet connection. And with proper nutrition playing a vital role in cancer recovery, New Hope Unlimited also fulfills the dietary needs of each patient using fresh, organic produce to prepare breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners. Comfort and cleanliness are also strictly implemented in our medical treatment rooms, which are equipped with the latest technology and equipment to provide the highest standard of care and treatment. Our medical center also has an in-house Hyperbaric Chamber, a well-established therapy for decompression sickness, exclusively available for our patients’ use. Further, New Hope Unlimited has maintained its exceptional partnership with Hospital Migoo, a medical group comprised of certified physicians and specialists that are committed to our patients’ comfort and well-being.
Alternative Medicine MisconceptionsSeveral misconceptions surround complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), especially since more and more cancer patients are turning to alternative medicine, including those who have difficulty meeting the cost of conventional care. Some inaccurate information about CAM include: Alternative Medicine is Only an Alternative Many alternative medicine practitioners are also medical doctors, chiropractors, or other trained medical specialists. Many of these professionals work closely with MDs to coordinate care. To reap the full benefits of your cancer treatments, remember to always inform your health care providers about all therapies received from every practitioner you work with. Alternative Medicine Doctors Never Use Conventional Medicine A credible natural doctor will never tell a cancer patient to replace prescribed medication without the consent of the original doctor. In most cases, the MD and alternative medicine practitioner are the same person. If not, they will coordinate a treatment approach that benefits the general health or well-being of the patient. Alternative Medicine Does Not Work Licensed health care providers will not recommend natural therapies without conducting in-depth research. They will consider scientific investigations and personal experiences to suggest protocols that work. Multiple studies have, for instance, confirmed that acupuncture is an effective treatment for various medical conditions. Also, appropriate dietary changes are perceived to promote good health and even reduce or treat some diseases, among several other alternative therapies backed up by scientific studies.
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How to Cope with a Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis
Cancer not only affects your physical health, but it can also cause feelings of negativity such as anger, loneliness, fear, and distress. If you are struggling to cope with your pancreatic cancer diagnosis, here are a few ideas to help you manage stress and have more control over your disease: