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FAQs

How prevalent is pancreatic cancer?
What are the symptoms?
Can pancreatic cancer 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 is pancreatic cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, men and women in the United States have a 1 in 79 chance of getting pancreatic cancer in their lifetime. Due to the fact that most pancreatic cancers are found in late stages, it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death.

What are the symptoms?

Pancreatic cancer is considered a "silent" disease because its symptoms are unnoticeable until the disease has progressed.  Symptoms of more advanced pancreas cancer include:

  • Pain in the upper abdomen or upper back
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
  • Dark urine
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting


Can pancreatic cancer be detected early?

There are currently no screening tests or pancreatic cancer, however, people with a family history of pancreatic, colon or ovarian cancer may choose to undergo genetic testing to determine their risk of getting pancreatic cancer.

What are the risk factors?

  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Family history of pancreatic, colon or ovarian
  • Diabetes
  • Over 60 years old
  • Race (African Americans also 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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