“Just like fifty thousand other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this”
That announcement by Jeopardy host Alex Trebek caught most of us completely by surprise. How could someone who looks so healthy but is so sick not realize it until it may be too late?
Freeman Radiation Oncologist Dr. Chance Matthiesen says that’s often the case with this silent killer.
Dr. Chance Matthiesen, Freeman Radiation Oncologist says
“Symptoms they cause are very non specific, abdominal pain, um sometimes losing appetite, sometimes some weight loss, nothing that the average person doesn’t experience on a monthly or daily basis, especially as we age”
Stuart Price, Reporting “Caught early enough, doctors use a variety of methods to try and shrink the cancer tumor and then surgically remove it”
Those treatment methods include a combination of chemotherapy and some form of radiation”
“Uh breast cancers, sometime prostate cancers, skin cancers, at a very infant stage, they let us know that something is there and something is wrong and we have an opportunity for early detection, anytime we have an opportunity for early detection, we have opportunity for early intervention”
While there’s still no accurate screening test to detect the disease at an early stage, he says you, or a loved one has to pay close attention to symptoms that could be this ailment.
Matthiesen adds, “Start to notice any yellowing of the eyes or skin, that could be a tip off that needs to be looked into, also if somebody were ever to lose a significant amount of weight unintentionally and have a combination loss of appetite, that should be something that should be looked into”
Stuart says “Trabek says he hopes to work as long as he can and with the love, support and prayers from his friends, family and fans, he hopes to beat the odds and beat the odds and beat the disease.”