Facts of Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer, complications from which claimed the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is one of the fastest spreading cancers, experts say.

This form of cancer is an aggressive, fast growing type of the disease which often takes its victims within five years after diagnosis.

Tumours are usually located on the head of the pancreas ó an organ that helps break down food so it can be absorbed into the body ó where they can block the bile duct and cause jaundice.

pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the western world.

one of the major reasons is that itís often diagnosed late. It can be associated with vague symptoms, so itís often diagnosed late and by the time it is diagnosed it has often metastasised or spread to other organs

The pancreas contains two types of glands: exocrine glands that produce enzymes that break down fats and proteins, and endocrine glands that make hormones like insulin that regulate sugar in the blood.

Standard treatments for pancreatic cancer include the common tumour-fighting strategies ó surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and, most recently, targeted anti-cancer drugs that may slightly extend patientsí lives.

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