Update on pancreatic cancer – What health professionals need to know

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In this episode:

  • Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all newly diagnosed cancers and yet was the 3rd most common cause of cancer death last year
  • Early diagnosis is vital, and we must maintain a high index of suspicion and investigate patients with unintended weight loss, non-specific GI symptoms with a history of smoking, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, alcohol ingestion with a CT scan
  • We need to ensure we enlist appropriate help and support for the patient at the time of discharge
  • We cannot assume the patient had been initiated on pancreatic enzyme replacement or that they are taking enough of it
  • Despite the poor prognosis, there may be a silver lining to this dark cloud

Guest: Prof John Zalcberg, Medical Oncologist and Clinician Scientist
Host: Dr David Lim, GP and Medical Educator
Total time: 43 mins

Last Updated: 13 Feb, 2023

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