Each year, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. are either diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer or die from it. The average lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer is relatively
low. Patients who do develop this life-threatening disease require specialized
hospital care. If you have questions about your health and you live in
the Las Vegas area, consider talking to a provider at Southern Hills Hospital.
It often isn’t detected in its early stages.
Many patients who develop pancreatic cancer are not
diagnosed until the disease has already spread beyond the pancreas. This is partly because pancreatic cancer does not
often cause alarming symptoms in its early stages and because there are
no routine screening guidelines for it. As the disease progresses, patients
may suffer from upper abdominal pain that spreads to the back, jaundice,
decreased appetite, and depression. Blood clots are a possible complication.
It’s important to note that symptoms like abdominal pain can be
indicative of many different medical conditions and do not necessarily
mean that cancer is developing. Patients who experience persistent changes
in their health might consider talking to their family physicians.
A person’s health history can influence the risk of cancer.
Since pancreatic cancer can be difficult to detect based on symptoms alone,
patients who are at a high risk of this disease might consider asking
about having a screening test. High-risk patients include those who are
heavy drinkers or smokers. Having a family history of pancreatic cancer
or certain genetic mutations, diabetes, pancreatitis, and overweight or
obesity are other risk factors of pancreatic cancer.
It’s a difficult type of cancer to treat.
Southern Hills Hospital
is dedicated to making continual improvements to our hospital to better
serve the needs of our patients throughout the greater Las Vegas area.
Our hospital is your source for high-quality surgical services, stroke
care, emergency care, orthopedic treatments, and many other specialty
medical services. To speak with a registered nurse and request general
information, you can call (702) 880-2700.
There are several treatment options for pancreatic cancer, but it can
be difficult to treat successfully once the disease has spread beyond
the pancreas. When the cancer is confined to that organ, surgery is often
effective. A pancreatectomy is surgery to remove the pancreas and perhaps
nearby structures like the gallbladder, spleen, and lymph nodes. Chemotherapy,
radiation therapy, and lifestyle changes are other commonly recommended