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    Pancreatic cancer is a malignant disease occurs in the pancreas.  In 2003, about 31,000 people will be diagnosed with this malignancy.  The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer brings with them many questions and a need for clear, understandable answers...
In The Spotlight:

Daily Aspirin Use Linked with Pancreatic Cancer in Women new! - Aspirin may also have a preventative effect against colorectal cancer. However, a recent study from Harvard Medical School showed females who take daily aspirin might raise their risk of getting pancreatic cancer.

  Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy: How Cancer Is Diagnosed, Treated, and Managed Day to Day - "This book is a one stop guide to so many things involving therapies that it is hard to know where to start. Cancer patients feel this is the best consumer book out there. Information is in plain English, simple terms, with lots of illustrations."
General

What You Need to Know about Pancreatic Cancer - An important booklet from the National Cancer Institute for patients and general public.

Mayo Clinic: What is Pancreatic Cancer - Learn the symptoms, preventions, diagnosis, treatment, etc. from this well-written but easily understandable article from Mayo Clinic. 

Pancreatica.org: Confronting Pancreatic Cancer - A comprehensive website provides news, treatment information, and clinical trial database for pancreatic cancer patients.

National Pancreas Foundation: Pancreatic Cancer - Review article written by pancreatic cancer specialist discuss the cause, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the malignancy.

CancerBACUP (UK): Pancreatic Cancer - Provides introductory but detailed information about this malignancy for pancreatic cancer patients and their caregivers.

Pam's Place on the Web: Pancreatic Cancer - Easy to understand web page on pancreatic cancer from Pam, a RN working in Hospice care in Louisiana.

 

Diagnosis


Diagnosis and Staging of Pancreatic Cancer - Details information on the diagnosis of this malignancy and the most important prognostic factor, the stage of pancreatic cancer.  

MSKCC: Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer - This article from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center discuss the procedures used in pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Ultrasound of Abdomen - Ultrasound of abdomen is one of the most important diagnostic tool for pancreatic diagnosis.  

CT Scan of Abdomen - Like ultrasound of abdomen, CT scan of the abdomen can provide detailed anatomical information of the abdomen.  It is also one of the most important diagnostic tool for pancreatic diagnosis.  

Univ. of Iowa Health Care: Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy - FNA biopsy is defined as using a fine needle to remove a sample of cells from a suspicious mass for diagnostic purposes.  FNA biopsy is one of the procedure that can provide definitive diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. 

ACS: Can Pancreatic cancer Be Found Early? - Early diagnosis is the most important prognostic factor for cure of this malignancy.  This article from the American Cancer Society teaches patients about the early symptoms and risk factors of pancreatic cancer.

Treatment

How is Adenocarcinoma of Pancreas Treated - Patient's information provided by National Cancer Institute.

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Information for Healthcare Professionals  - Physician's information on pancreatic cancer treatment provided by National Cancer Institute.

Surgery for Cancer of the Pancreas - Surgery is the only curative treatment for pancreatic cancer.  This article provides detailed information on surgical treatment, the preoperative evaluations, and postsurgical follow-ups for this malignancy.

Clinical Trials for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment - Provides a list of research projects for pancreatic cancer treatment. More than 30 trials listed in the United States in the current list. 

eMedicine: Pancreatic Cancer - Review article for healthcare professionals,  motivated cancer patients, and caregivers focus on the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
 
Support 

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network - "Founded February 1999 by people who care about making a difference, PanCAN is a non-profit organization supported by your donations. Please help us to invest in the future!"

The Lustgarten Foundation of Pancreatic Cancer Research  -
To advance the science and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of Pancreatic Cancer.
 
Other

Anatomy of the Pancreas  - The pancreas is a gland located in the upper  human abdomen. This illustration provides detailed information on the pancreas and its adjacent organs.  

Fighting the Battle of Pancreas Cancer - Learn how to battle this cancer that kills! This article includes coping strategies, useful tips, and inspiration to help you deal with pancreas cancer.
 
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