Pancreatic cancer rates have been rising in recent years. Why is this the case? With conditions as multi-faceted as cancer, it stands to reason that there is more than one driver of increasing rates. These can include both medical and individual factors:
Examples of Medical Factors:
Examples of Individual Factors:
Quick Fact! Did you know that aging, gender, genes/cultural background, and factors such as smoking, obesity, and diabetes can all increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer?
If you are a patient at Virginia Cancer Specialists, or if you have access to a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) through a private provider, having an initial nutrition consultation as a baseline prior to, or in the beginning of, treatment is typically a good idea. Your RD will evaluate any eating issues or weight loss you are having, as these are typical and often precede a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
These are some questions your RD will try to get to the bottom of:
Quick fact! Cancer in the pancreas can affect blood sugar control in the body, as the cells that release insulin are located there. Rapid onset diabetes can be an indicator to check if something may be going on in the pancreas. Following diagnosis, medication may be needed to control blood sugar so that the patient can eat the calories and foods that will fuel the body during treatment.
Lots of questions. Your RD will want to know information about your past, present, preferences, etc. in order to develop a personalized plan for you. These questions will allow the RD to:
To find out about advancements in pancreatic cancer treatment, visit the American Cancer Society’s What’s New In Pancreatic Cancer Research page.