Prevention of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer cannot always be prevented. As with many types of cancer, disease prevention involves moderating lifestyle and avoiding environmental exposure and other known risk factors. Quitting smoking, eating a low fat and low sugar diet, and minimizing long-term exposure to petroleum derivatives may reduce the risk for developing pancreatic cancer.

Follow-up Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer

Patients who have pancreatic cancer must receive effective follow-up care. Regular examinations are necessary to determine whether the cancer has returned or has advanced. Many of the same methods used to diagnose cancer (e.g., CT scans, MRI scans, x-rays) may be used to evaluate the patient's recovery. Ongoing treatments, such as hormone replacement therapy, also require regular monitoring.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 14 Aug 1999

Last Modified: 29 Sep 2015