Pancreatic Cancer

The pancreas is a large organ that lies just behind the lower part of the stomach.  Its job is to produce juices to help digest food and to produce hormones (such as insulin) that help control blood sugar levels. Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of the pancreas and in most cases, when found, it unfortunately almost always has a poor prognosis. Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer include jaundice, unexplained weight loss and fatigue and usually occur once the cancer is already in an advanced stage and inoperable.  Smoking is a leading cause of pancreatic cancer, as is long-standing diabetes and chronic pancreatitis.

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