Management Of An Enlarged, But Inoperable Pancreatic Tumor?
Good afternoon, my mother was diagnosed with a pancreatic tumor, had surgery and it was certain that the tumor could not be removed, and the doctor in question said the tumor could still develop into bigger, how is this treatment related to my mother’s disease? Are there other solutions so that the tumor can be removed? And will interference appear if my mother’s pancreas is damaged?
Hello, Ari Siregar. Thank you for the question submitted to HealthReplies.com. We can understand the concern you feel.
Malignant pancreatic tumor or pancreatic cancer is a disease characterized by the formation of malignant cells in pancreatic tissue. The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach and in front of the spine. The function of this gland is to produce digestive sap and hormones that play a role in regulating blood sugar. Generally, patients with pancreatic cancer experience yellow symptoms in the eyes and skin, pain in the upper abdomen and back, weight loss without apparent cause, decreased appetite, and weakness.
Treatment for pancreatic cancer depends on the stage. Determination of this stage can be helped by ultrasound examination and CT-scan. The stages of pancreatic cancer are as follows:
Stage 0: There is no spread. Pancreatic cancer is confined to the upper layers of cells in the pancreatic duct. The cancer did not appear on imaging tests or the naked eye. Stage I: Local growth. Pancreatic cancer is limited to the pancreas, but has also grown to sizes up to <2 cm through (stage IA) or 2-4 cm. Stage II: Local distribution. Pancreatic cancer is> 4 cm in size and is limited to the pancreas or has spread locally (growing outside the pancreas or spread to the nearest lymph node). There has not been any spread to distant organs. Stage III: Broad distribution. Malignant tumors have spread to the main blood vessels or nearby nerves, but have not spread to distant organs. Stage IV: Spread confirmed. Pancreatic cancer has spread to distant organs. Based on its ability to be treated surgically, pancreatic cancer is classified as follows:
Resectable: Surgical pancreatic cancer has not spread, or at least not far-spread. Only about 10% of pancreatic cancers are considered operable when they are first diagnosed. Locally advanced (inoperable): Pancreatic cancer has spread to blood vessels so that the tumor cannot be safely removed surgically. Metastatic (metastasis): Pancreatic cancer has spread to other organs far away so that surgery cannot overcome the cancer. In cases of pancreatic cancer that cannot be treated surgically, non-surgical therapy is an option. The treatment options consist of chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy (radiotherapy). We recommend that you consult directly with the doctor who treats the patient regarding treatment plans that are appropriate for the individual patient's condition. To enrich insight, you can read articles about pancreatic cancer.
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