Treating pancreatic cancer in St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou
In St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou, we provide pancreatic cancer patients with 18 advanced anticancer technologies and high-quality services, and we will try our best to help them improve their living quality, relieve their pain and prolong their survival time. The MDT (Multidisciplinary Team) of St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou will tailor therapeutic plans for pancreatic cancer patients. Combining minimally invasive therapies with historic traditional Chinese medicine, pancreatic cancer patients can avoid the suffering of traditional operation, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Meanwhile, experts will monitor the whole treatment, and adjust timely to improve the efficacy.
What is pancreatic cancer?
The pancreas has both functions of endocrine secretion and exocrine secretion. Cancer that starts in the endocrine cells is called neuroendocrine tumor, by which Steve Jobs has been killed. Neuroendocrine tumor is not very common and with low degree of malignancy but long course of disease and its treatment is quite different from other common pancreatic cancers. Cancer that starts in the exocrine cells is the commonly known pancreatic cancer. It is a cancer with high degree of malignancy.
The worldwide incidence of pancreatic cancer is in a rising trend. It mostly happens among the mid-aged and old people with a higher percentage among males than females. The high risk age of pancreatic cancer is from 40 to 65, with a tendency to become younger. Pancreatic cancer has high degree of malignancy. Averagely, there is only 5-month survival after diagnosis, while in a whole, 5-year survival only accounts for 5%. Thus, pancreatic cancer gains its name “king of cancer”. Only 15%-20% patients can be treated with surgery, among which 40% of them are detected with transfusion and their survival rate after surgery is 10% only.
How does pancreatic cancer occur?
About the risk factors of pancreatic cancer, there is no clear explanation yet. However, as the researches process, many factors are found related to pancreatic cancer, including:
Smoking: people who smoke have more than 3 times risk as high as those who do not smoke.
Diet containing high protein, fat, calories: both famous Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and Hong Kong artist Shen Dianxia died of pancreatic cancer due to their diet containing high level of protein, fat and calories.
Diabetes: diabetes patients are in high risk of pancreatic cancer.
Chronic pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis can develop into pancreatic cancer
High risk group of pancreatic cancer
These people who are more than 40 years old, are also obese, and with unhealthy life habit, for example, frequent smoking and drinking and like diet high in protein, fat and calories.
Symptoms like having diarrhea once take in fatty foods, especially with oil on stools, probably indicate that the exocrine secretion function of the pancreas has been damaged.
Youths without family history are unexpectedly attacked by diabetes. That may be a sign of pancreatic cancer. For diabetes patients with a history of more than 5 years, their risk of pancreatic cancer is 1.2 times as high as that of normal people.
Staging of pancreatic cancer
Stage 1: Cancer only can be found in the pancreas, 5-year average survival rate is about 30%;
Stage 2: Cancer invades only the nearby tissues, for example, duodenal wall, 5-year average survival rate is about 10%;.
Stage 3: Regional lymph node metastasis occurs, mean survival time is 8-12 months;
Stage 4: Liver and other distant metastasis occur, mean survival time is 3-6 months.
Nursing of pancreatic cancer
Mental nursingEstablish confidence of defeating disease and keep an optimistic attitude. Join a rehabilitation group and adjust both mental and physical condition.
Life nursingPay attention to building up a proper dietary structure Take Chinese medicine treatment for rehabilitation and combine Chinese medicine with other therapies to strengthen the treatment effect. Regular recheck.