At Miami Cancer Institute, patients with pancreatic cancer have access to the most innovative physicians, cutting-edge clinical treatments and comprehensive Cancer Patient Support Center. Our cancer care team develops a personalized plan of care based on factors such as your health history, cancer type and stage and personal preferences.
Expert Pancreatic Cancer Cancer Care
Our highly experienced gastrointestinal cancer physicians have trained and conducted research at some of the nation's most renowned medical centers. Miami Cancer Institute’s chief executive officer and executive medical director, Michael J. Zinner, M.D., is a world-renowned cancer surgeon and researcher who specializes in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
About Pancreatic Cancer
The pancreas is located behind the lower part of the stomach. The exocrine cells of the pancreas secrete enzymes that aid in digestion and the endocrine cells release hormones that help regulate the metabolism of sugars. About 95 percent of pancreatic cancers are cancer of the exocrine cells, known as adenocarcinoma.
Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors
Researchers have found several risk factors associated with pancreatic cancer. They include:
- Age. About 70 percent of patients with pancreatic cancer are over age 65.
- Gender. Men are about 30 percent more likely to develop the disease than women.
- Family history of pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis or rare syndromes such as Lynch syndrome.
- Lifestyle choices, including diet, inactivity, alcohol use and smoking.
- Personal history of diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, chronic pancreatitis or hepatitis B infection.
Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer sometimes is called a silent disease because symptoms rarely are present in its early stages. When symptoms do appear, they may include:
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal or back pain
- Change in stools (light-colored)
- Dark-colored urine
- Diabetes onset
- Digestive difficulties
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Nausea or vomiting