Pancreatic Cancer Life Expectancy

Pancreatic cancer life expectancy is very slim for most. The five year survival rate for pancreatic cancer victims is estimated between two to five percent only. In America, around 32,100 people are newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 31,800 die each year. Life expectancy depends largely on when you are diagnosed and if the cancer has spread.

Pancreatic cancer has no symptoms in the early stages and the symptoms are commonly misdiagnosed. This is why many cancer patients are only diagnosed in stage III and stage IV. Stage IV cancers are where the cancers have spread to distant organs and possibly blood and lymph nodes. Symptoms to watch for in pancreatic cancer are jaundice, loss of weight, weakness, stomach pain and glucose intolerant.

Early diagnosis is important, but rare. With the lack of symptoms that the patient may have, early diagnosis is rare. Most of the time, early diagnosis is seen by chance. The patient may be having some routine tests done when a suspicious result is noted. The doctor will then order more tests and a cat scan and find the patient has pancreatic cancer.  

Surgery is always suggested, but only fifteen to twenty percent of pancreatic cancer patients are suitable or able to have the surgery. The rest are treated with chemotherapy, radiation and clinical trials. Some with surgery have seen success in the case of Aretha Franklin, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010. She claims her health problems have been resolved and refuses to talk about her personal case. She stated that due to her doctors and her faith in God, she is now recovered.

Patrick Swayze chose to go with the chemotherapy and was diagnosed in a very late stage. He died, as did most with this cancer. Chemotherapy will usually increase the patient’s time to live, but in stage III and IV, the chances for survival are slim. If your doctor promises you complete recovery with the use of chemotherapy, it is advised to question him and seek a second opinion.

The main causes of pancreatic cancer are diet, smoking, environmental causes, genetics and medical factors such as diabetes, cirrhosis and upper respiratory surgeries. Most of the time, pancreatic cancer is noted in people 60 to 80 years old. Patrick Swayze was only 57, however. African-Americans and Jewish people have a higher rate of pancreatic cancer, and if you smoke, your risk will increase by two to three times. People with a family history of pancreatic cancer are three times more likely to soccumb to this disease.

With the normal or conventional methods producing little success, many have turned to natural remedies, such as the use of Nigella sativa. Nigella sativa (commonly called black seed) has shown promise in recent clinical trials. The oil has shown to annihilate the cancer cells and produce recovery in approximately 62% of the cases. You can continue with your regular treatments and use Nigella sativa on the side if you have doubts. Nigella sativa has been used for over 2000 years and is used for many diseases, not just pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer life expectancy may be extended for those who adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program throughout their entire life. If you are one of the lucky ones to survive pancreatic cancer, then it is very important not to return to your old way of life and eating. The use of a mini-trampoline is also suggested to increase lymph flow and help you recover.

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