This edition: Understanding Pancreatic Cancer
First aired: January 20, 2015.
Hidden between the stomach and backbone, and surrounded by the liver and intestines, is one of the most important organs of the body the pancreas. Without its digestive enzymes, our bodies could not break down food. Insulin is also made in the pancreas. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose early, primarily because the symptoms are often vague at first. Eventually patients may detect a yellowing of the skin and eyes, pain in the abdomen and back, weight loss and fatigue. Because this cancer is often discovered late, it typically has time to spread to other organs of the body. In this program, we will look at the risk factors, signs, symptoms, and diagnostic techniques for pancreatic cancer. We will also discuss the importance of patient care, improving patients quality of life, and the latest research underway for this disease.