• By Laurel J. Kelly

Living With Cancer: The challenges of treating pancreatic cancer

November 23, 2018

a young man standing by a rain-streaked window, looking sad, worried, depressedPancreatic cancer treatment: Why is it so challenging? 
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. Even with aggressive treatment, the prognosis is poor. Early detection is uncommon, it tends to spread quickly and recurrence is likely. In addition, pancreatic cancer tends to be relatively resistant to chemotherapy. Learn more from Dr. Timothy Moynihan, an emeritus Mayo Clinic oncologist.

Coping with pain after breast surgery 
Studies of women who had various breast cancer operations found that 25–60 percent reported some level of pain after breast surgery. Treatment options include medication, surgery, physical therapy and complementary therapies. Learn more from Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a Mayo Clinic general internal medicine physician and past director of the Mayo Clinic Breast Diagnostic Clinic.

Split-dose colonoscopy preparation 
The most common reason for poor colonoscopy preparation is people's distaste for having to drink large quantities of bowel-cleaning solution. To make the process more tolerable, many health care providers recommend splitting the dose: taking the recommended amount the night before the exam and the remainder in the morning before the test. Learn more from Dr. Michael Picco, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.

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