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Prognosis

The pancreatic cancer prognosis will depend on factors such as the following:
 
  • Whether or not the tumor can be removed by surgery
 
  • The stage of the cancer (the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread outside the pancreas to nearby tissues or lymph nodes or to other places in the body)
 
  • The patient's general health
 
  • Whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or whether the cancer has recurred.
 
(Click Pancreatic Cancer Prognosis for more information.)
 

Statistics on Pancreatic Cancer

The American Cancer Society (ACS) predicted that 33,730 Americans (17,150 men and 16,580 women) would be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006. The ACS also estimated that 32,300 American men and women would die of pancreatic cancer in that same year. The overall five-year relative pancreatic cancer survival rate for 1995-2001 was 4.6 percent.
 
(Click Pancreatic Cancer Statistics for more statistics on pancreatic cancer.)
 

Summary

Key information about pancreatic cancer includes the following:
 
  • Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the pancreas
 
  • Smoking can affect a person's risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
 
  • Possible signs of pancreatic cancer may include jaundice, pain, and weight loss
 
  • Pancreatic cancer is difficult to find and diagnose early
 
  • Lab tests, CT scans, and ultrasounds are some of the tests that are used to detect, diagnose, and stage pancreatic cancer
 
  • Some of the factors that affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options for pancreatic cancer include the stage of the disease and the patient's general health.
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