Inflammation of the pancreas
Inflammation of the pancreas

Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) can be a cause of pancreatic cancer. Chronic pancreatitis is a common chronic inflammatory disease that affects the pancreas. Epidemiological studies have identified it to be a major risk factor for pancreatic cancer.

Alcoholism
Alcoholism

According to a research study, consuming three or more drinks of liquor a day is associated with an increased risk of dying from pancreatic cancer.

Race/ Ethnicity and Pancreatic Cancer
Race/ Ethnicity and Pancreatic Cancer

African-Americans are more prone to develop the pancreatic cancer.

Jaundice
Jaundice

Jaundice is yellowing of the eyes and skin. Most of the people with pancreatic cancer have jaundice as one of their first symptoms.

Pancreatic cancer photo
Pancreatic cancer photo

Pancreatic cancer and diagram of parts of the pancreas

Whipple procedure for treatment of pancreatic cancer
Whipple procedure for treatment of pancreatic cancer

Surgery for pancreatic cancer is usually done in early stages of the disease. Patients whose cancer is confined to the head of the pancreas and hasn't spread further may qualify for Whipple procedure surgery. The procedure involves removal of the "head" (wide part) of the pancreas. It also involves removal of the duodenum, a portion of the common bile duct, gallbladder, and sometimes a part of the stomach too.

Metastatic cancer
Metastatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer can spread through blood circulation to different organs in the body including lungs.

Types of pancreatic cancer
Types of pancreatic cancer

Infographics showing types of neoplasms in the pancreas. Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of exocrine tumor.

Enlarged gallbladder or Liver
Enlarged gallbladder or Liver

Enlarged gallbladder or Liver - A sign of pancreatic cancer. When pancreatic cancer spreads, most often they go to the liver. This can enlarge the liver, which causes pain and loss of appetite.

Pancreatic cancer symptoms image
Pancreatic cancer symptoms image

These are common signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer. Biopsy and laparoscopy procedures can be done for diagnosis.