August 30, 2015 | by City of Hope
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most challenging cancers to treat because it rarely shows symptoms in its early stages. Today, however, aggressive therapies and specialized care can significantly improve outcomes and increase the likelihood of a cure. City of Hope has one of the most experienced pancreatic cancer programs in the United States with a multidisciplinary team that takes an integrated approach to fighting cancers of the pancreas.
In this podcast, Laleh Melstrom, M.D., M.S., an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Surgery, discusses pancreatic cancer, its diagnoses, treatments and the latest research developments. A specialist in liver and pancreatic surgery, she advises people to pay attention to changes in the body in order to catch cancer early.
“Listen to your body — if something is not right and it’s persistently not right, you need to get it evaluated,” she said. “If you’re having abdominal bloating, weight loss, early satiety or getting full very quickly, reflux that’s not alleviated by normal acid blockers – these are all potentially signs that something is not right. I’m not saying that those are definitive signs of potential pancreatic cancer, but if your body’s biology and physiology is not behaving as it has for many, many years, something has changed, and I would persist on getting that evaluated.”
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