Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of the pancreas, the organ responsible for producing insulin and other essential enzymes. It is a vital organ that plays a crucial role in digestion. The pancreas aids in both endocrine and exocrine functions — therefore, pancreatic cancer can either present as an endocrine tumor or an exocrine tumor.
Both types of pancreatic cancer are relatively rare, only accounting for about 3% of all new cancer cases. It is also considered one of the more deadly cancers as few traditional treatments are effective.
At UNIFONTIS, we utilize a variety of integrative therapies, focusing on innovative oncology to give our patients suffering from pancreatic cancer their best chance at defeating their condition.
There are few known direct causes of pancreatic cancer, but there are several factors that may place someone at a higher risk of developing this condition. Risk factors include:
- Chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- Age 60+
- Family history
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer typically don’t present themselves until the disease has advanced to later stages. These symptoms may include:
- Pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to the back
- Loss of appetite
- Unexpected weight loss
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
At UNIFONTIS, we treat pancreatic cancer through all stages using a combination of vaccine therapy, hyperthermia, and aspirin infusion. Our integrative approach allows us to utilize a variety of innovative treatment options to give our patients their best fighting chance against cancer.