Pancreatic Cancer: Common myths and how we can address it

By Imran Siddiqui, MD, FACS

Dr. Siddiqui specializes in hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) Surgery at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

As a pancreatic surgeon, I encounter patients with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. During my interactions with them, I have noticed some common myths and biases associated with such a diagnoses.

"I have a terminal disease and no matter what,
I am going to die in a few months."

Fact: Pancreatic cancer is certainly an aggressive cancer.  However, it is treatable. Treatment consists of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.  There are several new treatment modalities as well as clinical trials. Patient who  undergo treatment for pancreatic cancer can expect to have outcomes from cure to prolongation of survival depending on the stage and the aggressiveness of cancer.

In an effort to educate and empower patients and their loved ones, I will provide some clarity to some common questions and concerns about pancreatic cancer and treatment.

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