Pancreatic cancer: Know the warning signs!

Usually, pancreatic cancer doesn't give rise to any signs and symptoms until it's advanced. 

Updated: Feb 13, 2016, 20:45 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most challenging diseases because it is difficut to detect. Since pancreatc cancer is seldom detected, it has become a leading cause of cancer deaths.

 

Usually, pancreatic cancer doesn't give rise to any signs and symptoms until it's advanced. When the cancer grows, symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss and weakness
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Back pain
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

 

You must see a doctor if you experience unexplained weight loss or other symptoms that you think are abnormal.

With no effective treatments currently available and the cancers growing quickly, there's an urgent need to develop new drugs to treat the deadly disease.

In a latest, a team of researchers, including Indian-origin scientists suggests that nimbolide, a natural extract from the leaves of the neem tree, could potentially be used to treat the highly lethal pancreatic cancer.