Pancreatic cancer remains difficult to diagnose and treat because no clear early warning signs and symptoms exist and many symptoms reported are vague and can be attributed to other, benign causes. Pancreatic cancer remains the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that 43,920 men and women will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012, and about 37,390 men and women will die of it in 2012. The rate of pancreatic cancer has increased about 1.5% per year since 2004. All healthcare professionals need to be informed about pancreatic cancer so they can be alert for its signs and symptoms and should be aware of risk factors and be knowledgeable about treatment options. This module discusses risk factors, diagnostics and treatment options for pancreatic cancer.
The purpose of this module is to inform nurses, EMTs and paramedics and radiologic technologists about the incidence, pathophysiology, identification and treatment of pancreatic cancer. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, EMTs/paramedics, physicians, and radiologic technologists.
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