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An estimated 55,440 patients in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018, according to the National Cancer Institute. The pancreas, an organ that lies behind the lower part of your stomach, 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. The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is just above 8 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, Dr. Matthew Callstrom, a radiologist at Mayo Clinic, will discuss how tumor ablation can be used to treat solid cancers. And Dr. Landon Trost, a urologist at Mayo Clinic, will share what you need to know about biopsies for prostate cancer.
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