Surgeon's Group of Baton Rouge

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Procedures and Treatment

Pancreatic cancer occurs in the pancreas, an organ behind the stomach that releases digestive enzymes and produces hormones that regulate blood glucose levels. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is the most common pancreatic cancer, and it forms in the cells of the ducts that send the digestive enzymes into the small intestine.

GI cancer experts at the Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge collaborate with other hepatobiliary specialists at Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute to deliver the latest surgical treatment options for pancreatic cancer. Get in touch with our team to learn more about our services.

Who is at risk of pancreatic cancer?

Risk factors of pancreatic cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Older age (most diagnoses occur after age 65)
  • Pancreatitis (chronic inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Family history of pancreatic cancer
  • Genetic syndromes such as a BRCA2 gene mutation, Lynch syndrome, and familial atypical mole-malignant melanoma syndrome

What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer often does not present symptoms until the later stages, when it’s more difficult to treat. These symptoms include:

How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?

Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute is home to a high-risk pancreatic cancer screening program, which helps physicians detect pancreatic cancer in its earliest and most treatable stage. Our team uses a variety of diagnostic tests and procedures to detect pancreatic cancer, including:

How is pancreatic cancer treated?

Treatment options depend on the location and stage of your cancer. Our team offers the following therapies:

Frequently Asked Questions About Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

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