Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

What Is Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic cancer cells are abnormal cells of pancreatic origin, which multiply and replicate uncontrollably. They can grow without restriction. Ultimately, these cells can spread to other organs if left untreated.

Adenocarcinoma is the cancerous cell type that arises from pancreatic ductal cell origin, while neuroendocrine cancers arise from pancreatic islet cell origin. Pancreatic cancer is fatal if left untreated.

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Surgical procedures, such as the Whipple Procedure, play an integral role in treating patients with pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Mark Fraiman is a renowned expert in pancreatic cancer treatment in Baltimore, MD, including the use of surgical management. Below are three videos that will help you better understand pancreatic cancer. Dr. Fraiman discusses the diagnosis, etiologies, and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Classification of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Neuroendocrine neoplasms
  • Psuedopapillary neoplasms
  • Intrapapillary mucinous neoplasms

Pancreatic Cancer Staging

  • Resectable
  • Borderline resectable
  • Locally advanced
  • Metastatic

Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

  • Painless jaundice
  • Abdominal or back pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Anorexia
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • New onset diabetes

Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors

  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Genetic (10%)
  • Cigarette smoking

Identified Genetic Mutations

  • BRCA2 (Breast and Ovary)
  • NF1 (Neurofibromatosis)
  • p16 (Melanoma syndrome)
In the following video, Dr. Mark Fraiman describes the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer.He also describes the options for pancreatic cancer treatment in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Fraiman discusses the question “why do people develop pancreatic cancer” and Whipple surgery in the following video.
Dr. Mark Fraiman describes the Whipple procedure, a surgery performed as a pancreatic cancer treatment in Baltimore, MD.