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Pancreatic Cancer

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer starts in the pancreas. The pancreas is located just behind the stomach. It helps digest food by making enzymes. The pancreas also makes hormones, such as insulin, to help balance blood sugar levels.

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What increases my risk for pancreatic cancer?

What are the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. He or she may ask if you have a family history of pancreatic cancer. You may need any of the following:

How is pancreatic cancer treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to care for myself?

Where can I find more information and support?

It may be difficult for you and your family to go through cancer and cancer treatments. Join a support group or talk with others who have gone through treatment.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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