Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissues of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach and in front of the spine. Pancreas produce the pancreatic juice which helps in the digestion of the food. Pancreas also produce Insulin which is needed by our cells to burn sugar and produce energy. The cells which produce the digestive juice are called Exocrine Cells and it is these cells where the cancer mostly originates.
Pancreatic cancer typically spreads rapidly to nearby organs. It is seldom detected in early stage. But for people with pancreatic cysts or a family history of pancreatic cancer, some screening steps might help detect a problem early. One sign of pancreatic cancer is diabetes, especially when it occurs with weight loss, jaundice or pain in the upper abdomen that spreads to the back.
The diagnosis of the pancreatic cancer in India is done through certain diagnostic tests that include Contrast Enhanced CT Scan of abdomen, MRCP, blood tests and biopsy. This gives a fair idea to the surgeon about your disease. However surgeon in India may also advise for a PET CT Scan to do the staging of the pancreatyic cancer.
Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer often don't occur until the disease is advanced. They may include:
Pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to your back
Loss of appetite or unintended weight loss
Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
Treatment for pancreatic cancer depends on the stage and location of the cancer as well as on your overall health. If your cancer is located in the head of the pancreas, you may consider an operation called a Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy). The Whipple procedure is technically difficult operation to remove the head of the pancreas, the first part of the small intestine (duodenum), the gallbladder and part of the bile duct.
Surgery to remove the left side (body and tail) of the pancreas is called distal pancreatectomy. Your surgeon may also remove your spleen. In some case the entire pancreas have to be removed to prevent the cancer from spreading further.
Pancreatic cancer's diagnosis is a bit tricky as it is generally misdiagnosed as as acute or chronic pancreatitis. However if diagnosed in time surgery remains the main line of treatment. The surgery can either be a whipple's surgery or pancreatic head resection or pancreatectomy. The best surgeons for the pancreatic cancer in India are Dr Kaushal Yadav and Dr Ankur Garg. They are specifically GI, pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgeons who specialize in surgeries of GI and pancreatic cancers. They have one of the best success rates among the fellow doctors and thats why they get lots of international patients for cancer surgeries.
Cost of the pancreatic cancer surgery depends upon the stage of the cancer and type of surgery opted for. It is very difficult to give a precise cost for the surgery as it may vary from case to case. However it can approximately range between USD 9000 to USD 15000 with about 10 days stay in hospital and 4 weeks post discharge stay in India. The cost of staying in a decent hotel is approximately USD 50-80 per day for two people in a double occupancy airconditioned room for 2 people. The cost of food and travel is also quite cheap in India.
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