Pancreatic cancer is a kind of cancer where the uncontrolled cell growth starts in the pancreas and forms tumors. The tumors then interferes with the functioning of pancreas. The tumors are of two types - benign tumors and malignant tumors, the malignant tumors are more dangerous over the benign tumors. The pancreatic cancer is categorized depending on its affect on the exocrine and endocrine functions of the pancreas.
The symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be quite varied and mainly depends on the location of the cancer. The symptoms of the pancreatic cancer includes pain in upper abdomen, yellowing of skin and eyes and darkening of the urine (jaundice), nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, significant weight loss, alcoholic stools and steatorrhea. The symptoms of pancreatic cancer have numerous other causes which makes it difficult to diagnose, reported medicalnewstoday.
The treatment of pancreatic cancer depends on the stage of the cancer, health background, age and other personal characteristics. The treatment of pancreatic cancer is possible only if it is detected in its early stages and the most common treatments include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. The medications used for pancreatic cancer are Gemcitabine (Gemzar) and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), these drugs are used during chemotherapy. Another medication for pancreatic cancer which can be taken orally is erlotinib (Tarceva). This drug has helped some patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.