Detection and Treatment

Detecting & Treating Pancreatic Cancer

Here at Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center, we do everything in our power to bring the best prognosis and outcomes for all of our patients, no matter their diagnosis. While the survival rate for pancreatic seems low at 20 percent for one year and 5 percent for five years, much depends on how advanced the cancer is and the available treatments for it. The first step starts with detection.

Methods of Detection

Some types of pancreatic cancer do not exhibit any symptoms until the tumor has grown quite large. However, there are also types that do exhibit such symptoms as

  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain high in the back or abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice

Our doctors use a combination of imaging technology, such as CT scans, and biopsies, where we remove a tissue sample, in order to identify the presence or lack of cancer cells. If cancer is confirmed, the doctors will examine the type and stage of the cancer cells in order to map out the best course of treatment.

Options for Treatment

Most Palmer pancreatic cancer treatment uses a combination of different therapies to rid the body of the cancerous cells. It is possible to live without the pancreas, so surgery is certainly one option, especially if the cancer has not spread. Other options usually include

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Non-invasive options such as CyberKnife

At our Palmer cancer center, we believe in educating our patients and using the latest developments in cancer-fighting technology, which includes robotics engineering and methods such as TrueBeam and CyberKnife. There are many benefits to these types of treatment, including being able to return to your normal routines immediately after a treatment session. Our doctors can tell you more.

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How Do You Find Appropriate Treatment?

Although pancreatic cancer is relatively rare, it is also fast moving. About 20 percent of patients with a diagnosis make it through to the next year. There are many factors that affect survival rate, including the type and stage of the cancer and the Palmer pancreatic cancer treatment methods used. At Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center, hope is here. Our doctors will create a plan tailored to your needs, and we will explore all of our options to fight your cancer. For more information about our treatment methods, contact us by calling 907-707-1333.