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Pancreatic cancer: who is most affected?

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.

Can you live without the pancreas?

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:

Surviving pancreatic cancer

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.

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