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Cancer of the Pancreas

The growth of abnormal cells which are no longer under control of the body. The cause of cancer of the pancreas is not known. Unfortunately, once diagnosed, the disease has usually progressed to the point that surgery is no longer successful in removing all of the cancer. One exception is when the cancer develops in the area of the bile duct where it empties into the small intestine. If the tumor, early in its development, causes obstruction of the bile duct and the person becomes jaundiced (yellow color of the eyes and skin), he may seek medical attention early and the tumor may be completely removed with surgery.

A frequent symptom is vague abdominal discomfort often with radiation of the pain into the back, which may be worse after meals. Other symptoms may include: