Complications of pancreatic cancer

<p>Complications<br>As pancreatic cancer progresses, complications occur:<br>• Weight loss. There are several factors that can cause weight loss in people with pancreatic cancer. Weight loss may be the result of cancer consuming body energy. Or the result of difficulty eating food due to nausea and vomiting caused by cancer treatment, or perhaps a tumor that presses the stomach, and sometimes it is difficult for the body to digest nutrients and food, because the pancreas does not produce enough of the digestive juices.<br>• Jaundice If pancreatic cancer blocks the bile duct, it may cause jaundice, and its indicators include yellowing of the skin and eyes, the color of urine becomes dark and the stool color is faded, and the jaundice usually does not accompany stomach pain.<br>The doctor may recommend placing a plastic or metal tube (stent) inside the bile duct to remain open, and that happens by applying a procedure called inverse endoscopy of the bile and pancreas channels (ERCP), as an endoscope is passed down the throat through the stomach, and from there to the top of the small intestine A small, hollow tube (catheterization) is passed through the endoscope, through which a dye is injected into the pancreas and bile ducts, and photos are then taken from these channels.<br>• the pain. A tumor as it grows may put pressure on one of the nerves in the abdomen, causing potentially severe pain, which may then help you with pain relievers to feel more comfortable. Treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy may help slow the growth of the tumor and relieve pain somewhat.<br>In severe cases, your doctor may suggest a procedure that includes injecting alcohol into the nerves responsible for abdominal pain (blocking the abdominal plexus), as this procedure prevents nerves from sending pain signals to your brain.<br>Bowel obstruction Pancreatic cancer that grows into or presses the first part of the small intestine can prevent the flow of digested food from the stomach into the intestine;<br>So the doctor may recommend placing a plastic or metal tube (stent) inside the small intestine to remain open, and in some cases it may be useful to have surgery to install a temporary feeding tube, or to connect the stomach to a lower area of ​​the small intestine that is not blocked by cancer.<br></p>

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