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Pancreatic cancer

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Introduction
Pancreatic cancer can be hard to diagnose and treat. Learn more about cancer of the pancreas, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer rarely causes symptoms when it first develops. The first symptoms can include abdominal pain, jaundice, and unexpected weight loss.
Causes of pancreatic cancer
The causes of pancreatic cancer are not fully understood. Being an older person, smoking, and genetic factors can increase your risk of cancer of the pancreas.
Diagnosing pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer can be difficult to diagnose, because it often causes no symptoms in the early stages. A blood test, physical examination and ultrasound scan can help diagnose pancreatic cancer.
Treating pancreatic cancer
Treatment for pancreatic cancer will depend on the type, location and stage of your cancer. It can include surgery such as the Whipple procedure and chemotherapy.
Recovering from surgery
It can be a long and difficult process to recover from pancreatic surgery. You will usually be in some pain shortly after your operation.
Support for carers
There are more than five million people in England who look after an ill or disabled partner, child, relative or friend. Caring for someone can be a varied and
Social care for people with cancer
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, your treatment and medical care will probably be the first thing on your mind. But there are other aspects of your life
'Surgery has enabled me to see my daughter qualify as a vet'
Alan Bentley was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in the summer of 2005 and given six months to live.
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