Pancreatic cancer centers across the Wasatch Front

At MountainStar Healthcare, our oncology specialists are experienced in accurately diagnosing and treating pancreatic cancer. We offer a variety of treatment options to ensure patients receive the individualized care that is right for them.

For more information about our pancreatic cancer care or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (801) 715-4152.

What causes pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer results from a change in the DNA cells of your pancreas, which makes the cells behave abnormally. When this happens, the cells may begin to grow uncontrollably, potentially resulting in a tumor that can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

It’s not exactly clear what causes pancreatic cancer. However, there are some factors that may increase your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

These may include:

  • Certain genetic mutations
  • Chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of pancreatic cancer
  • Obesity
  • Older age
  • Smoking

What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Unfortunately, there are no early warning signs of pancreatic cancer. Most symptoms do not occur until the disease is at an advanced stage.

Some symptoms may include:

  • Dark-colored urine
  • Fatigue
  • Itchy skin
  • Light-colored stools
  • Loss of appetite or unusual weight loss
  • Unusual abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of your skin or eyes (jaundice)

Diagnosing pancreatic cancer

If pancreatic cancer is suspected, our doctors may use one of the following diagnostic tests to conform a diagnosis:

  • Biopsy
  • Blood tests
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound

Pancreatic cancer treatment

Our doctors work together to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient.

The most common treatment options for bone cancer include: