Pancreatic cancer is the growth of a malignant tumor in the pancreas, the gland that aids digestion and produces certain hormones. Cancer of the pancreas can spread quickly and appear after the cancer has progressed. These factors make curing the disease difficult, so our treatment options include caring for all of your physical and mental needs.
From diagnosing symptoms to undergoing treatment, caring for pancreatic cancer requires humankindness and expert guidance. Find a Doctor at Dignity Health for complete care of pancreatic cancer in Southern California. We offer thorough treatment for the symptoms and stages of pancreatic cancer.
Types of Pancreatic Cancer
There are two basic forms of pancreatic cancer. Each type affects a different group of cells in the pancreas.
Exocrine tumors, or pancreatic adenocarcinomas, affect the glands that make and release digestive enzymes. About 95 percent of pancreatic cancers are exocrine tumors.
Endocrine tumors affect the cell clusters scattered throughout the pancreas (islet cells) that make hormones, such as insulin and glucagon. Less than four percent of pancreatic cancers are endocrine tumors.
Recognizing the Signs & Symptoms
Knowing the signs and symptoms can help you see a doctor sooner. Because of the pancreas’ deep location within your body, you may not experience changes as the tumor develops.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer often appear after the tumor has spread to other organs. At this stage, symptoms may include:
- Digestive problems
- Abdominal or back pain
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Changes in bowel movements
- Blood clots
- Weight loss and lack of appetite
See a Pancreatic Cancer Specialist at Dignity Health Southern California
Oncologists at Dignity Health Southern California hospitals are here to talk about your symptoms and concerns. We have the tools to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer, so you can trust the quality of our care.
Dignity Health offers a wide range of services for pancreatic cancer in Southern California.