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Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Treatment of pancreatic cancer has to be multi-way therapy. Its not either Homeopathy or conventional treatment. The best long-term results are achieved by combination therapy depending on age, stage of pancreatic cancer and general health condition of patient. While conventional treatments like chemotherapy or radiation therapy helps in faster removal of cancer, Homeopathy Treatment for pancreatic cancer can help in

  • Regression of pancreatic cancer
  • Prevention of recurrence of pancreatic cancer,
  • Removing side-effects of chemo and radiation therapy,
  • Relieving cancer pains
  • Improving general quality of life and hence, a better reaction to other treatments.

The speciality Homeopathic treatment for pancreatic cancer, developed at Welling Clinics can be very helpful for those suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Call us today on (+91) 80 80 850 950 to book an appointment and meet our specialist to know more about our speciality Homeopathy treatment for pancreatic cancer.

PANCREATIC CANCER

Introduction of Pancreatic Cancer:-

  • Pancreatic cancer occurs when malignant cells forms in the pancreas. Pancreas is a gland which is located in the abdomen behind the lower part of the stomach.
  • It contains both Exocrine glands and Endocrine glands.
  • Exocrine glands: – which produce enzymes that help in digestion of food.
  • Endocrine glands: – which produce hormones, including insulin, that help in control blood sugar levels in the body.
  • The disease progresses rapidly but there are usually vague symptoms of pancreatic cancer in the early stages.
  • Pancreatic cancer is often undetected until it has spread to other areas of the body (metastasized).
  • Pancreatic cancer affects both men and women equally with a slight bias towards younger men and older women.
  • 1/3rd of all cases of pancreatic cancer occur under the age group of 65 years.
  • Estimated new cases and deaths from pancreatic cancer in the United States in 2013:
  • New cases: 45,220
  • Deaths: 38,460
  • Prognosis of pancreatic cancer- Poor
  • Survival rate of pancreatic cancer- five-years after diagnosis is less than 5%.

Types of Pancreatic Cancer:-

  • Pancreatic cancer is of two types:-
  • Exocrine gland.
  • Endocrine gland.
  • About 95 percent of pancreatic cancers begin in the exocrine cells of the pancreas.

(1)  Exocrine Pancreatic Cancers- These are the most common type of pancreatic cancer.

This type of cancer starts in the cells of the exocrine pancreas, which produces the digestive pancreatic juices. These are released into ducts, within the pancreas, and pass through the main pancreatic duct into the duodenum. There are a number of different types of exocrine pancreatic cancers. More than 8 out of 10 exocrine pancreatic cancers are “Adenocarcinoma”. Out of these mostly all are “ductal Adenocarcinoma”. Exocrine Pancreatic Cancers can further sub-divided into:

Ø  Cystic tumors: – Cystic tumors cause a cyst or fluid filled sac in the pancreas. Most pancreatic cysts are benign, but some are cancerous. Cystic cancers can have a better prognosis than other types of exocrine pancreatic cancer.

Ø  Cancer of the acinar cells: – The acinar cells are at the ends of the ducts that produce the pancreatic juices.

Ø  Sarcomas of the pancreas: – These are cancers of the connective tissue holding together the cells of the pancreas. They are very rare and most often occur in children.

(2)  Endocrine Pancreatic Cancer: – These are uncommon type of pancreatic cancer. They start in the endocrine pancreas, where insulin and other hormones are made and released directly into the bloodstream. They are also called “neuroendocrine tumors” or “islet cell tumors”. Most of these tumors are non cancerous i.e. benign in nature. They are named after the hormone they produce

  • Gastrinomas produce a hormone called Gastrin
  • Insulinomas produce Insulin
  • Somatostatinomas produce a hormone called Somatostatin
  • VIPomas produce a hormone called VIP
  • Glucagonomas produce a hormone called glucagon.

Two thirds of pancreatic endocrine tumors are called non functioning tumors because they do not produce any hormones or symptoms. Most of these tumors are cancerous i.e. malignant in nature.

(3)  Lymphoma of the pancreas: – This is very rare type of pancreatic cancer. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system of the body.

Basic Pathology of Pancreatic Cancer:-

Through three ways cancer spreads in the body. These are as follows:

  • Through tissue:-Cancer invades the surrounding normal tissue.
  • Through the lymph system: – Cancer invades the lymph system and travels through the lymph vessels to other places in the body.
  • Through the blood: – Cancer invades the veins and capillaries and travels through the blood to other places in the body.

When cancer cells break from the primary tumor and travel through the lymph or blood to other parts in the body, the secondary tumor may form. This process is called as “metastasis.”

The stages of pancreatic cancer are as follows:-

Stage 0:- In stage 0, abnormal cells are found in the lining of the pancreas. These abnormal cells may become cancer cells and spread into nearby normal tissue. Stage 0 is also called carcinoma in situ.

Stage I: – In stage I, cancer has formed and is found in the pancreas only. Based on the size of the tumor stage I is further divided into: – Stage IA and Stage IB.

  • Stage IA: The tumor is 2 centimeters or smaller than this.
  • Stage IB: The tumor is larger than 2

Stage II: – In stage II, cancer may have spread to nearby tissue and organs, and may have spread to lymph nodes near the pancreas. Based on spread of the cancer, stage II is further divided into: – Stage IIA and Stage IIB,

  • Stage IIA: – Cancer has spread to nearby tissue and organs but has not spread to nearby lymph nodes.
  • Stage IIB: – Cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes and may have spread to nearby tissue and organs.

Stage III: – In stage III, cancer has spread to the major blood vessels near the pancreas and may have spread to nearby lymph nodes.

Stage IV: – In stage IV, cancer may be of any size and has spread to distant organs, (such as the liver, lung, and peritoneal cavity). It may have also spread to organs and tissues near the pancreas or to lymph nodes.

Clinical Presentation of Pancreatic Cancer:-

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are as follows:-

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).
  • Digestive problems which includes abnormal stools, nausea or vomiting.
  • Pain in the upper abdomen which can extend to back.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Swollen gallbladder (usually found during a physical examination).
  • Blood clots.

Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer: – Pancreatic cancer diagnosis includes following test:-

Imaging tests: – Imaging tests helps to visualize the internal organs, including pancreas. Imaging tests used to diagnose pancreatic cancer. It includes: – ultrasound, Computerized Tomography (CT) scan and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS):- The ultrasound device is used to make images of pancreas from inside abdomen. The ultrasound device is passed through a thin, flexible tube (endoscope) down to esophagus and into stomach in order to obtain the images.

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP):- Dye is used to highlight the bile ducts in pancreas. During ERCP, an endoscope is passed down throat, through stomach and into the upper part of small intestine. A dye is then injected into the pancreatic and bile ducts through a small hollow tube (catheter) that’s passed through the endoscope. Finally, X-rays are taken of the ducts.

Biopsy: – It is a procedure to remove a small sample of tissue from the pancreas for examination under a microscope. A biopsy sample can be obtained by inserting a needle through skin and into pancreas (fine-needle aspiration cytology).

Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer:-

Treatment for pancreatic cancer depends upon the stage and location of the cancer as well as on age, overall health of an individual. The first goal of pancreatic cancer treatment is to eliminate the cancer.

Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer: – Surgery may be an option if pancreatic cancer is confined to the pancreas. Operations used in people with pancreatic cancer include:

  • Surgery for tumors in the pancreatic head: –If pancreatic cancer is located in the head of the pancreas, then operation is carried out is called as “Whipple procedure” (pancreatoduodenectomy). The Whipple procedure involves removing the head of pancreas, as well as a portion of small intestine (duodenum), gallbladder and part of bile duct. Part of stomach may be removed as well. Whipple surgery carries a risk of infection and bleeding.
  • Surgery for tumors in the pancreatic tail and body: –Surgery to remove the tail of the pancreas or the tail and a small portion of the body is called distal “pancreatectomy”. In this surgery, spleen is removed. Surgery carries a risk of bleeding and infection.

Radiation therapy for Pancreatic Cancer: – Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams, such as X-rays and protons, to destroy cancer cells. Radiation treatments are received before or after cancer surgery, or often in combination with chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer: – Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be injected into a vein or taken orally. In chemotherapy, only one chemotherapy drug, or a combination of chemotherapy drugs are received. Chemo radiation is typically used to treat cancer that has spread beyond the pancreas, but only to nearby organs and not to the distant regions of the body.

Homeopathic Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer

The speciality Homeopathic treatment for pancreatic cancer, developed at Welling Clinics can be very helpful for those suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Call us today on (+91) 80 80 850 950 to book an appointment and meet our specialist to know more about our speciality Homeopathy treatment for pancreatic cancer.

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