Busting  myths: Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer is considered the worst type of cancer and is also known as the most painful cancer and is a life-threatening condition.

Because its symptoms are not obvious early so you can not diagnose pancreatic cancer early until it has affected your pancreas and other organs too.

The most common symptoms are jaundice, back pain, weakness, nausea, and severe weight loss.

Physicians can not screen this cancer early as there is no diagnostic lab test to find this cancer. There are many types of myths related to this type of cancer. It is considered most deadliest cancer but here’s the facts about pancreatic cancer if you want to defeat this beast.

Myth 1: Cancer is always life costing:

Let’s first bust this myth! pancreatic cancer is not always lethal, it is curable. Early detection of pancreatic cancer will help you to fight this cancer and survival chances are high if it is diagnosed early.

People who have been diagnosed and treated early for pancreatic cancer have high survival rates.

Due to advances in treatment of pancreatic cancer this disease has a higher curable rate than in the past. Pancreatic Cancer is a rare type of cancer and according to research it affects 30,000 people worldwide each year and five to ten percent cases of pancreatic cancer are due to genetics.

Myth 2: There is one type of pancreatic cancer

The most common misunderstanding is that there is only one type of pancreatic cancer. That is not true, there are relatively two types of pancreatic cancer.

The most common type is adenocarcinoma and it affects ducts of pancreas. Adenocarcinoma is growth of cancerous cells in the pancreatic cells that just line the Pancreatic ducts.

Second type is islets cell pancreatic cancer. This type of cancer develops in Islets Cells of Langerhans. These cells produce insulin, a hormone that regulates blood glucose level. It is the rarest type of pancreatic cancer.

Myth 3:  After surgery pancreatic cancer affects other organs

There is a common myth that cancerous cells divide and spread to affect other organs after surgical intervention. This is only a myth that is not true.

Some people complain that their tumors start spreading and affecting other organs after their surgery.

Surgical intervention can not make cancerous cells to spread but stop cancer to affect other organs. So don’t believe in these myths and go for surgery if your doctor prescribes it.

You should know everything about your disease. Early diagnosis and proper treatment is important to recover from this disease.

Myth 4: You should avoid physical contact with your loved ones when you are having radiation therapy.

There is a myth that if you contact your family, friends and relatives during radiation treatment you may become a radiation source and can transfer these radiations to everyone you touch. But this is not true. When your radiation treatment ends you can go home and hug your loved ones as it will help you to go through this difficult time.

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