I would want to take this opportunity, as a general surgeon employed by Medicana Hospitals, to draw attention to the specialist care and therapies we provide for patients with pancreatic cancer.
The pancreas is a crucial organ that produces hormones and digestive enzymes, and pancreatic cancer is a dangerous disorder that affects this important organ. Early diagnosis is essential for successful treatment and management, and at Medicana, our team of skilled oncologists, radiologists, and surgeons collaborate to offer our patients all-encompassing care.
Our group of skilled surgeons removes dangerous tumors while preserving as much healthy tissue as is feasible by utilizing the most recent surgical methods and equipment, such as minimally invasive laparoscopic treatments. We provide alternate treatments including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or palliative care for patients who are not candidates for surgical treatment in order to manage symptoms and enhance quality of life.
At Medicana, we are aware of the overwhelming nature of a pancreatic cancer diagnosis for patients and their families. Because of this, every step of the road, our kind and committed team offers emotional support and direction. Our objective is to support patients in feeling knowledgeable, secure, and in control of their treatment process.
Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer
I treat a lot of patients who are worried about pancreatic cancer as a general surgeon. An essential organ, the pancreas makes hormones that control blood sugar levels and digestive enzymes that help in food digestion. Symptoms of pancreatic cancer frequently do not manifest until the condition has advanced, making a diagnosis challenging. However, some typical signs include nausea, exhaustion, weight loss, jaundice, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain.
I frequently request a variety of tests and treatments to help evaluate the presence of cancer and its extent in order to diagnose pancreatic cancer. Common tests consist of:
• Blood Tests: Blood tests are performed to look for high pancreatic enzyme levels, which may be a sign of cancer.
• Imaging Tests: To help identify any worrisome growths, imaging tests including CT scans, MRI scans, and PET scans are utilized to produce detailed images of the pancreas and adjacent organs.
• Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS): To provide a close-up image of the pancreas, this test combines ultrasound and an endoscope.
• Biopsy: If a worrisome growth is found, I could carry out a biopsy to take a tiny sample of tissue for additional examination.
Early detection of pancreatic cancer is crucial to improving the likelihood of a successful course of treatment. I advise you to consider whether these diagnostic tests are right for you with your doctor if you have symptoms or are worried about your risk.
Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
Depending on the location and stage of the cancer, the patient's general health, and personal preferences, there are several treatment options available for pancreatic cancer.
Early-stage pancreatic cancer is frequently treated primarily with surgery, which can remove all or part of the pancreas. The location and severity of the malignancy will determine the best technique to carry out this treatment, also known as a pancreatectomy.
I am a general surgeon at Medicana Health Group with a focus on various surgical techniques for pancreatic cancer treatment. For individuals with pancreatic cancer, surgery is frequently a crucial part of the therapy regimen. Surgery to remove the malignant tissue can either cure a patient in some circumstances or greatly improve their prognosis and quality of life.
Various surgical techniques that can be used to treat pancreatic cancer
The most typical surgical treatment for pancreatic cancer is a pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple Procedure), which entails the removal of the pancreatic head, the duodenum, the gallbladder, and the bile duct.
• Distal Pancreatectomy: This surgery is used when the pancreas' body or tail is affected by malignancy. If necessary, the spleen and the area of the pancreas affected by the cancer are also removed.
• Total pancreatectomy: Patients with advanced, widely disseminated pancreatic cancer or those with specific diseases like chronic pancreatitis frequently undergo this treatment, which entails the removal of the entire pancreas.
Our team of talented and knowledgeable general surgeons at Medicana Health Group collaborates closely with other specialists, such as oncologists and radiologists, to choose the best surgical course for each patient. For our patients, we strive to deliver the finest outcomes and highest caliber of treatment.
Before or after surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy may occasionally be used to reduce the tumor and raise the likelihood of a successful procedure. These treatments, which can be given separately or in combination, are specifically designed to meet the needs of each patient.
Chemotherapy and targeted therapy are frequently the main treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer. While symptom reduction and cancer development slowing are benefits of these drugs, they do not treat the illness. Radiation therapy or palliative surgery may also be performed in some circumstances to treat symptoms and enhance quality of life.
Regardless of the stage or kind of pancreatic cancer a patient has, my staff and I collaborate closely with them to create a specialized treatment strategy that takes into consideration their particular requirements and objectives. I am here to provide professional care and support for the duration of your journey, whether you are seeking surgical intervention, chemotherapy, or another type of treatment.
We invite you to get in touch with Medicana Hospitals if you or a loved one has received a pancreatic cancer diagnosis to learn more about our world-class care and therapies. Our phone number is +90 850 460 1010, and our email address is [email protected]. We're eager to support you while you pursue recovery.