Pancreatic cancer is one of the world’s deadliest cancers. Knowing more about the disease, its symptoms, and whether you might be at risk of developing pancreatic cancer may help improve chances of survival. Internationally renowned surgeon, Professor Hemant Kocher, spoke with us recently to answer some commonly asked questions about pancreatic cancer.
The pancreas plays an important role in digestion and blood sugar control. Unfortunately, if it becomes affected by cysts or cancer, part or all of the pancreas may need to be removed. So can you live with only a part of your pancreas, or no pancreas at all? We asked internationally renowned professor of liver and pancreas surgery, Professor Hemant Kocher. of the University of London:
Symptoms of the most common form of pancreatic cancer are usually non-specific. Often a person starts to experience mid-back pain, which may or may not be associated with upper tummy pain. A feeling of heartburn may also bother the affected person for a long period, requiring repeated medical attention. Professor Hemant Kocher talks to us about spotting the signs, screening and survival rates of pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatitis, or an inflamed pancreas, can have serious consequences on the human body. The condition comes in two forms: acute and chronic, both of which can lead to serious symptoms. When pancreatitis strikes, can the pancreas heal itself? Can the condition be prevented and what is the treatment? Renowned surgeon Professor Hemant Kocher explains.
Gallstones can sometimes cause pain and discomfort, and can sometimes require surgical intervention. Professor Hemant Kocher, leading surgeon, gives an overview of such cases.
Gallstones are hard stones found in the gallbladder. Often they are composed of cholesterol, bile salts or bile pigments and can sometimes require treatment. Leading surgeon Professor Hemant Kocher explains everything you need to know about gallstones.