Episode summary introduction:
Pancreatic cancer is unfortunately known to us in the medical field as a silent killer. This is because early pancreatic cancer does not have any signs and symptoms. This is one of the reasons why we’re talking about this today.
The pancreas is about six-inch-long and is a gland located in your abdomen near your liver and part of the small intestine, mainly on the right side. The pancreas is part of the endocrine system that helps regulate and control insulin and glucagon. The pancreas also secretes enzymes into your digestive tract to help with proper digestion and absorption.
S/S and risk factors
Dx and Tx
Because there are no signs and symptoms in the early stages of pancreatic cancer, early diagnosis is uncommon. The pancreas sits deep inside the body making it extremely difficult to feel or see tumors on exams and testing.
As healthcare providers we know that the prognosis for this particular cancer is not good. As nurses we need to provide emotional and educational support to our patients and their families. For resources, information, support groups with in your area please visit https://www.cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services.html