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Pancreatic Cancer

What is Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer is a cancer that begins in the tissues of pancreas. The two types of Pancreatic Cancer are adenocarcinoma (cancer that forms in the pancreas ducts) and endocrine cancer (cancer that forms in the hormone-producing cells).

The cancer occurs when cells in the pancreas develop genetic mutations. These mutations cause cells to grow uncontrollably and to continue living after normal cells would die. These accumulations of cells can form a tumour.

What are the signs & symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer?

Signs and symptoms often do not occur until the disease is advanced.

They include:

  • Upper abdominal pain that may radiate to your back
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Depression
How is Pancreatic Cancer diagnosed?

Currently, no standard screening exists for Pancreatic Cancer.

Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer is through:

  • Ultrasound
  • Computerised Tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Percutanenous Transhepatic Cholangiography (PTC)
  • Biopsy
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  • National University Hospital
  • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • Alexandra Hospital
  • Jurong Community Hospital
  • National University Polyclinics
  • Jurong Medical Centre
  • National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
  • National University Heart Centre, Singapore
  • National University Centre for Oral Health, Singapore
  • NUHS Diagnostics
  • NUHS Pharmacy
  • Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
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