Recently, research focusing on the use of newly developed technology for the detection of cancerous tumors in the pancreas has been successfully used for diagnosis with high accuracy. A team of researchers at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center led by Dr. Somashekar Krishna.
According to Dr. Krishna, who is an endocrinologist, only nine percent of the patients survive five years after they are given a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. This is because cancerous tumors in the pancreas are typically hard to detect. By the time doctors are able to diagnose cancer, it has often reached a stage where the majority of the treatments do not work and the patient has only limited options.
Usually, pancreatic cancer produces no symptoms. Therefore, most of the health professionals are not able to diagnose it even after a physical examination. Advance stage pancreatic cancer comes with a number of different symptoms including blood clot formation, dark colored urine, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, itchy skin, loss of appetite, signs similar to jaundice such as yellow hues in eyes, lips, and skin, and increased difficulty in controlling blood sugar and diabetes or getting a new diagnosis of diabetes.