Pancreas cancer - Treatment in New Delhi, India by Dr Ashish Sachan, MCh Gastrointestinal Surgery

Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is a serious disease caused by abnormal cells in the pancreas that divide and grow out of control, forming a tumor.

The pancreas is located deep in the abdomen, behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It has 2 main functions, to produce digestive juices for the small intestine to digest and absorb food and to produce hormones such as insulin to assist cells to absorb nutrients and regulate blood glucose levels. Pancreatic cancer occurs when pancreas cells develop abnormal DNA mutations that make them grow and divide out of control, forming a tumor. Sometimes this tumor spreads to other organs such as the liver, abdominal wall, lymph nodes, lungs, or bones.

Conditions that increase risk of pancreatic cancer include smoking, chronic pancreatitis, obesity, long-standing diabetes, a strong family history of pancreatic cancer, and diets high in red and processed meats.

Testing for Pancreatic Cancer

Because of the location of the pancreas, pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect and diagnose. Signs and symptoms that may prompt testing include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes), abdominal pain, back pain, loss of appetite, pancreatitis, or unintended weight loss.

Given the location of the pancreas, pancreatic tumors can been seen only with imaging studies such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, or endoscopic ultrasound. These imaging techniques allow doctors to see tumors as well as see all of the pancreatic and bile ducts to detect blockages. Tissue biopsies may also be performed to help make the diagnosis.


Pancreatic cancer is difficult to treat because many cases are diagnosed at a later stage, after the tumor has spread. For cancers diagnosed at an earlier stage, surgery is the best option for cure. For some patients who have surgery and those with later-stage diagnoses when surgery is not possible, chemotherapy (treatment with drugs that kill cancer cells) and/or radiation therapy (using high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells) are treatment options.

At Fortis hospital, Shalimar Bagh - Our expert team of Gastro-onco surgeons, Chemotherapy and radiation specialist are achieving excellent long term survival outcomes in patients with pancreatic cancer.

For advice, contact Dr Ashish Sachan, MCh GI surgery - Consultant at Fortis hospital, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi

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