- By Jennifer O'Hara
Mayo Clinic Radio: Pancreatic cancer / healthy new year / sleep crisis
According to the National Cancer Institute, about 53,000 patients in the U.S. were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016. The pancreas is an organ that lies behind the lower part of your stomach. It secretes enzymes to aid digestion and hormones to manage your blood sugar.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, as it typically spreads rapidly to nearby organs, and it is seldom detected in its early stages. Historically, the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is only about 7 percent, but new treatment options are improving those numbers.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Mark Truty, a general surgeon at Mayo Clinic, will discuss pancreatic cancer and explain the new treatment protocol that is offering hope. Also on the program, Dani Johnson, a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, will have tips to get you moving in the new year. And, Dr. Anne Wheaton, an epidemiologist and sleep program lead in the Division of Population Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, joins the program to discuss why Americans aren’t getting enough sleep.
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