What are the stages of pancreatic cancer?

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Stage 0 pancreatic cancer, also known as carcinoma in situ, is the earliest stage of the disease. In this stage, abnormal cells, which may or may not be cancerous, begin to form a tumor in the lining of the pancreas. In stage 1 pancreatic cancer, a cancerous tumor has formed in the pancreas but has not spread beyond the pancreas. In stage 2 pancreatic cancer, the tumor has spread beyond the pancreas. In stage 3 pancreatic cancer, the cancer that began in the pancreas has spread beyond the pancreas to major blood vessels in the area and may have spread to other parts of the body near the pancreas, including the lymph nodes. In stage 4 pancreatic cancer, the cancer that began in the pancreas has spread beyond the pancreas to other parts of the body far from the pancreas, possibly including the lymph nodes.

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Pancreatic Cancer

Often asymptomatic in the beginning, pancreatic cancer is very difficult to diagnose and typically spreads rapidly to other parts of the body.Cancer occurs when abnormal cells form in the lining of the pancreas, an organ of the en...

docrine system that is responsible for making enzymes for digestion and for producing certain hormones such as insulin. Even though only 1 in 76 people develop this disease, it is the fourth deadliest type of cancer and is difficult to cure. No one knows what causes pancreatic cancer, and even the few known risk factors are not fully understood. Visit your doctor if you have unexplained weight loss, a loss of appetite, abdominal pain that radiates up your back, or a yellow tint to your eyes or skin.
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