<p><strong>What Is Pancreatitis?</strong></p>
<p>Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, an organ that produces digestive enzymes and hormones (insulin and glucagon). Acute attacks of pancreatitis usually subside within several days to a week but carry the risk of life-threatening complications, including shock and infection in a collection of fluid near the pancreas (pseudocyst). Chronic pancreatitis involving permanent damage to the pancreas may follow recurrent attacks of acute pancreatitis or be due to persistent smoldering inflammation. Possible long-term complications include inadequate absorption of nutrients and diabetes mellitus.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets Pancreatitis? </strong></p>
<p>Pancreatitis occurs more often in adults who have a history of alcohol abuse and in patients who have gallbladder disease (e.g., gallstones). According to the National Institutes of Health (N...
<p><strong>What Is Pancreatic Cancer?</strong></p>
<p>Pancreatic cancer, currently the fourth leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, is the growth of malignant cells in the pancreas, a pear-shaped organ located just below and behind the stomach. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine via the common bile duct, and islet cells of the pancreas secrete hormones (insulin and glucagon) into the blood. Pancreatic cancer impairs the digestive process and may block the bile duct as it grows. A cure is sometimes possible with early diagnosis and surgical removal. However, pancreatic cancer is extremely difficult to diagnose and has usually spread by the time symptoms appear, so cures are uncommon.</p>
<p>Islet cell tumors called insulinomas are much less common. They release excessive amounts of insulin, causing low blood glucose. Only about 10 percent of insulinomas are malignant, and the symptoms of hypogl...
NFL Hall of Fame Guard Gene Upshaw lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Wednesday at his home in California with his family by his side. ESPN is reporting that Upshaw, 63, was diagnosed with cancer on Sunday, only a few days prior to his death. Upshaw’s wife, Terri, said that he had not being feeling well and had trouble breathing for about a week when she convinced him to go to the hospital on Sunday. The 6’5’’ Upshaw joined the Oakland Raiders in 1967 as the team’s first-round pick, where he was played left guard for the following 15 seasons. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent or test for pancreatic cancer, so that it can be caught in an early stage. However, it is possible to decrease your risk for cancer by quitting smoking, and eating a healthy diet balanced with fruits, vegetables and fiber. If you or a loved one is fighting pancreatic cancer it can be helpful to talk to someone with the same struggles in person or in an onli...
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