A pancreatic mass is a lump on your pancreas that can be cancerous or noncancerous. Pancreatic cancer makes up about
Your pancreas is about
Learn how to diagnose and treat Pancreatic masses in the tail of the pancreas.
A Pancreatic mass is a type of cancer. There are tumors that can be noncancerous.
Ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas is expected to become the
Is a tumor in the tail of the pancreas always cancerous?
“benign tumors are not cancer tumors and don’t invade surrounding tissues. They still need a doctor’s opinion on whether or not there is cancer.”
Some tumors can become cancer and need to be monitored.
If the tumors are causing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or pain, they may need to be removed.
“Pancreatic cancer in the tail is not diagnosed until the cancer has spread far enough for removal. Symptoms of early stage Pancreatic Cancer are usually general and don’t cause any symptoms.”
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|Head of pancreas||Tail of pancreas|
|weight loss||abdominal pain|
|nausea and vomiting||weight loss|
Example of early symptoms for pancreatic cancer in the tail
He had no other symptoms except for a bout of abdominal pain and vomiting that required him to go to the hospital.
“Researchers don’t know why cancer develops, but they have identified some risk factors.”
- tobacco use (cigarette smoking), which is thought to cause about
1 in 4pancreatic cancers
- increasing age, with
almost everyonewho develops pancreatic cancer being over the age of 45
- having obesity, which results in pancreatic cancer developing about
- chronic pancreatitis.
- It is called cirrhosis.
- Heliobacter pylori infection
- Exposure to chemicals in the dry-cleaning and metalworking industries.
- male sex
- African American is a race.
- Family history.
The first step to getting a pancreatic cancer diagnosis usually starts by visiting a doctor. They’ll perform a physical exam and consider your family and medical history.
If they suspect pancreatic cancer, they’ll order other tests or refer you to a specialist called a gastroenterologist.
Markers that suggest cancer can be identified with blood tests. The tests can help identify tumors. A variety of tests are used to diagnose cancer.
- computed tomography (CT) scans
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- cholangiopancreatography is a field of research.
- positron emission tomography (PET) scans
- A procedure called angiosclerosis.
In most cases, a small tissue sample collected through a procedure called a biopsy is needed to confirm the diagnosis.
- Radiation therapy is done.
- The treatment is called Chemo.
- The treatment is called Chemo. with Radiation therapy is done.
The only cure for Pancreatic Cancer is surgical removal. Most Pancreatic cancers have progressed far enough for surgery after diagnosis.
Pancreatic cancers that are eligible for surgery are typically removed with a procedure called a distal pancreatectomy with a splenectomy.
A pancreatectomy removes the body of your pancreas while keeping the head. A splenectomy is the removal of your spleen.
Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy is done.
Surgery is often followed by The treatment is called Chemo. or Radiation therapy is done. to destroy cancer cells that may have been left behind. These treatments are sometimes used before surgery to shrink the tumor.
They also receive neoadjuvant The treatment is called Chemo. (The treatment is called Chemo. given before surgery) about 58% less often than people with pancreatic head tumors.
Treating late stage pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer that has spread to distant parts of your body is not a cure. Treatment aims to improve quality of life.
- The treatment is called Chemo. with or without Targeted therapy.
- clinical trials of new anticancer drugs with or without The treatment is called Chemo.
- Treatments to help manage your symptoms.
Your outlook depends on factors such as:
- How far has your cancer spread?
- Your overall health.
- Your age.
- The type of cancer.
People with tumors that arise in the pancreatic tail or body tend to have a poorer outlook than people with tumors in the pancreatic head. This is because tumors in the pancreatic tail are often diagnosed at a
- Be large.
- spread to other body parts.
- spread to major blood vessels called your
hepatic and celiac arteries
- Not be done in a surgery.
Despite having a poorer outlook overall, people with pancreatic cancer in the tail may have a better outlook than those with other pancreatic cancers when the cancer is considered surgically removable. Surgery to remove cancer from the tail tends to be easier and has a
The head of the pancreas is more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than the tail of your pancreas.
The outlook for people with this type of cancer is generally poorer, but research suggests that the outlook may be better if the cancer is caught early enough for surgery.
A doctor can help recommend the best treatment for your cancer and give you an idea of what to expect. Factors such as Your overall health., age, and the extent of your cancer play a role in determining your outlook.