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How prevalent are ampullary tumors?
What are the symptoms?
Can ampullary tumors be detected early?
What are the risk factors?
If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?
Who is part of the treatment team?


How prevalent are ampullary tumors?

Ampullary tumors are a very rare form of pancreatic cancer and is many times not identified until surgery is performed.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include jaundice and dark urine. They are typically experienced early and are easily recognized.

Can ampullary tumors be detected early?

While there is no screening test for ampullary tumors, symptoms are typically experienced early on, making it possible for doctors to make a diagnosis in the earliest stage. 

What are the risk factors?

  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Family history of pancreatic, colon or ovarian
  • Diabetes
  • Over 60 years old
  • Race (African Americans have a higher-than-average risk)


If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?

Depending on the type of coverage, most commercial insurance carriers will pay the major share of the cost. You should always consult your insurance company to determine proper coverage.

Who is part of the treatment team?

The team at Advocate Christ Medical Center is staffed by a specially trained team of gastroenterologist, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, genetics counselors and nurses, who are dedicated to caring for patients with gastrointestinal cancer. You will remain under the care of your primary care physician while you are treated by the specialists at Christ Medical Center. To ensure that your physician is kept up-to-date, our team will provide ongoing reports on the progress you have made.

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