One of the most life-threatening cancers, pancreatic cancer shows symptoms quite late. It has the highest mortality rate across the world. It is the 12th most common cancer among men and 11th most common among females.
If you are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, do not wait. Consult Surat’s most experienced pancreatic cancer surgeon. Doctor Jay Chokshi is South Gujarat’s first National Board Certified HPB and GI surgeon. For the best pancreatic cancer treatment in Surat, please call +91-9016519832 and seek consultation with the surgeon.
When the patient realizes something is wrong with them, pancreatic cancer has spread to other body parts. It is essential to learn more about the disease and spread as much awareness as possible. So, medical professionals across the globe observe the month of November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
If you are worried about getting pancreatic cancer, the first step is to recognize symptoms and consult a pancreatic cancer surgeon immediately.
Do you know the symptoms change according to the type of pancreatic cancer? For example, if cancerous cells appear in the head of the pancreas, a common symptom is jaundice. If the tumor is in the body/tail of the organ, back pain and unexplained weight loss are typical.
Pancreatic tumors can be:
Exocrine cells produce enzymes that ensure easy digestion. When the pancreatic cancer doctor detects a tumor in the exocrine cells, it is called a pancreatic exocrine tumor. More than 90% of pancreatic cancer tumors are exocrine.
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is the most common pancreatic cancer that begins in the linings of the pancreatic duct. Other rare exocrine pancreatic cancers are acinar cell carcinoma, intraductal papillary-mucinous neoplasm (IPMN), and colloid carcinoma/mucinous cystic neoplasm with invasive adenocarcinoma.
Also called islet cell tumors, PNETs display a slower growth. They develop in the endocrine (hormone-producing) cells of the pancreas.
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors may or may not produce hormones. So, oncologists, surgical gastroenterologists, and other medical professionals categorize them by the hormones they make. The common PNETs include Gastrinoma (gastrin), Glucagonoma (glucagon), Insulinoma (insulin), Somatostatinoma (somatostatin), etc.
Dr. Jay Chokshi believes in biomarker testing to understand the biology of the tumor. It is because each tumor type responds differently to different treatments. And, patients who receive the best course of treatment depending on their tumor experience positive clinical outcomes. With Dr. Chokshi's expertise and attention to detail, he provides the best treatment for pancreatic diseases in Surat city.
Unfortunately, there is no single test for screening pancreatic cancer in the world. However, with imaging tests, blood tests, biopsy, and family history, Dr. Jay Chokshi will diagnose the tumor and ensure immediate medical treatment. The tests for diagnosing pancreatic cancer include:
1. Radiological Investigation: USG, CECT Abdomen (Pancreas Protocol), MRI Abdomen with MRCP
2. Side viewing endoscopy / Endoscopic Ultrasound SOS Biopsy
3. Tumor Markers
Dr. Jay Chokshi is an experienced surgical gastroenterologist. He has performed a wide array of pancreatic cancer surgeries to help patients lead a healthy life. At Jay Chokshi's Gastro Center, we promise quicker recovery and shorter hospital stays with minimally-invasive surgeries.
Depending on the cancer stage and the patient's condition, there are options of curative surgery or palliative surgery. The latter includes treating the symptoms of pancreatic cancer instead of the actual tumor as cancer has spread far.
Dr. Jay Chokshi undertakes pancreatic resections or pancreatectomy. It is the surgical removal of a part of the pancreas.
Doctors also call it Whipple's Procedure. It is a major surgical procedure to remove the pancreas head, the first part of the small intestine, gall bladder, and the bile duct. Once the GI surgeon removes the affected organs, he will reattach the remaining organs to ensure optimal digestion.
When the doctor performs surgery to remove tumors from the body and tail of the pancreas, it is called distal pancreatectomy.
If Dr. Jay detects the tumor in the body of the pancreas, the doctor will administer a median pancreatectomy to remove midbody tumors of the pancreas. It is a safer alternative to distal pancreatectomy or Whipple's Procedure, especially when an enucleation is difficult and risky.
The cost of pancreatic cancer surgery in Surat, Gujarat ranges from INR.80,000 to INR. 100,000. The cost varies depending on the type of the tumor, the stage of cancer, and the overall patient condition. Additionally, the surgery cost is dependent on pancreatic cancer surgeon's fees, anesthetic charges, cost of the nursing staff, and the type of facilities you choose.
If you want to know the accurate cost of your pancreatic cancer surgery, please call +91-9016519832. You can schedule an in-person appointment or book a teleconsultation call Surat’s best pancreatic cancer surgeon.
Dr. Jay Chokshi is a reputed gastroenterology surgeon for pancreatic surgery in Gujarat. Residing in Surat, he is available at Dr. Jay Chokshi’s Gastro Center.