Pancreatic cancer develops between your stomach and spine deep in your abdomen. The pancreas is an organ that produces enzymes to help break down food and the hormones insulin and glucagon that control blood sugar levels.
Pancreatic cancer is fairly rare but has one of the highest fatality rates for cancer. The disease does not usually cause noticeable signs in its earliest stages and often goes undetected, despite the tumor wrapping itself around arteries, veins, nerves, and the bile duct. Diagnosis is also challenging given the pancreas’ location and intricate role regulating the body.
But we’re not backing down, and neither should you. We’re continuing to develop new ways to manage and cure the disease, including targeted therapies and new methods for performing surgeries and delivering chemotherapy and radiation. While we can’t remove all tumors, our experienced surgeons have success with even the most complex cases—even those considered inoperable by other doctors.
Watch the video below to hear from Dr. Ben Weinberg, a medical oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal cancers, answer the questions he hears most from his pancreatic cancer patients.
Learn more about Pancreatic Cancer Care at MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute.