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Why does pancreatic cancer kill its victims so quickly?

  1. Craan profile image68
    Craanposted 7 years ago

    Why does pancreatic cancer kill its victims so quickly?

  2. onegoodwoman profile image76
    onegoodwomanposted 7 years ago

    Most probably do not discover it until it has progressed into the later stages.  At that point, treatments may not be effective.

  3. internett1t3 profile image56
    internett1t3posted 7 years ago

    Pancreatic cancer is typically diagnosed at a late stage because it doesn't cause symptoms until it's too late. Weight loss, abdominal pain, jaundice [a yellowing of the skin due to toxic buildup in the liver]—those are the most common symptoms. They usually start after the tumor is a significant size. By then, chances are, it has metastasized [that is, spread to other parts of the body].

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    ThePeeDeeWildcatposted 7 years ago

    I speak very much as a layman about the subject, but I have understood that there are excretions from a cancerous pancreas that are so toxic that they can literally burn or cook adjoining tissue after contact.

  5. Dr Ken Romeo profile image60
    Dr Ken Romeoposted 7 years ago

    The pancreatic cancer stage plays a role in the pancreatic cancer prognosis. Based on historical data:

    •7 percent of pancreas cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)

    •26 percent of pancreas cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site

    •52 percent of pancreatic cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)

    •14 percent of pancreatic cancer cases had staging information that was unknown.

    The corresponding five-year relative survival rates were:

    •16.4 percent for localized
    •7.0 percent for regional
    •1.8 percent for distant
    •4.3 percent for unstaged.

  6. have2write profile image58
    have2writeposted 7 years ago

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  7. UrologyGroup profile image55
    UrologyGroupposted 7 years ago

    Not all cancers are the same. Some are fast growing and spread rapidly (called metastasis). Others are slower growing or discovered early.Pancreatic cancer is still a type of cancer which is diagnosed often late. Hence, many times, at time of diagnosis, it has already spread to other organs. In addition, the pancreas in located behind the stomach and under the liver, just above a portion of the duodenum. So when it spreads, which is quickly, it can spread to local organs adjacent to it. The symptoms are often nausea or vomiting with the inability to eat. Many patients present with jaundice ( yellowish skin) as well. This is due to blockage of the common bile duct, which secretes bile into the second portion of the duodenum. Finally, the treatment, which can be extensive surgery, is not curative because of the late presentation of the cancer at diagnosis and aggressiveness of the cancer.

  8. Dr Emily Altman profile image57
    Dr Emily Altmanposted 6 years ago

    Pancreatic cancer is found pretty late in the game.  It's not symptomatic until it has already spread.

    If the cancer is in the head of the pancreas, it is usually found when it wraps around and constricts the common bile duct.  If it is at the tail, it is usually found even later.

    So, the prognosis is already significantly worse because the cancer is advanced.

  9. Andme26 profile image76
    Andme26posted 6 years ago

    is the stage you diagnose it . most of the times people don't get diagnosed on time