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Why is pancreatic cancer often incurable?

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Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Caught late

Symptoms from pancreatic cancer often do not happen until it is in later stages where it starts to press on nerves or the bile tubes (causing jaundice).
In addition, we do not have very effective chemotherapies to treat it once it has spread.

In brief: Caught late

Symptoms from pancreatic cancer often do not happen until it is in later stages where it starts to press on nerves or the bile tubes (causing jaundice).
In addition, we do not have very effective chemotherapies to treat it once it has spread.
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
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Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant

In brief: Stage at diagnosis

Pancreatic cancer is oftentimes incurable becase it has spread at the time of diagnosis and has become unresectable.
Depending on where in the pancreas the cancer is the symptoms may not be noticed until it is very large or invading some other structures.

In brief: Stage at diagnosis

Pancreatic cancer is oftentimes incurable becase it has spread at the time of diagnosis and has become unresectable.
Depending on where in the pancreas the cancer is the symptoms may not be noticed until it is very large or invading some other structures.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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