Hmmm, those symptoms seem familiar, I don’t want to alarm you, so let’s examine you first.
I’ve been having back pains recently, I thought it wasn’t anything to worry about, but I started having them more constantly, and that’s why I decided to come. I’ve also been feeling nauseous, and loss of appetite.
What? What’s going on??
Good afternoon Laura, I just received the results from the the tomography, and I’m so sorry to tell you this, but…
What????How come? What even is pancreatic cancer?
You have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Okay, so pancreatic cancer begins when abnormal cells in the pancreas grow and divide out of control and form a tumor. The pancreas is a gland located deep in the abdomen, between the stomach and spine, which explains your back pains.
Laura visits the doctor, to see what's going on.
What are the possible causes?
The changes in our DNA cause cancer. The changes can be inherited from parents or can arise over time. The changes that arise over time can happen because you were exposed to something harmful, which in this case, you smoked and drank a lot.
A few days after.
Is it preventable? How is it treated?
There is no way to prevent it, but there are things you can do that might lower your risk; like no smoking, staying at a healthy weight, limit alcohol use and limit exposure to chemicals. Some risk factors are obesity, race, gender, and age. Obese people have a 20% increased risk, African Americans have a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer, slightly more men are diagnosed and the chances of getting diagnosed increases with age.There are certain treatments for pancreatic cancer, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy and stem cell transplant.
The doctor explains what pancreatic cancer is.
Darling, I have something to tell you. Remember that day we were dancing at the club? Well, I went to the doctor and found out I have pancreatic cancer.
What? What do you mean Laura? I’m done with this, I won't be with you, sorry, you know, our relationship hasn’t been the best, so I think we should end it now. I hope everything gets better, but I’m not going to be there with you, sorry but I think this is the best.
The doctor goes through the causes of pancreatic cancer and
The doctor explains the preventions and how it is treated. She says it's not preventable, but you can do things that can help reduce the risk.
Laura decides to tell Carlos about her cancer, and he decides to break up with her, instead of helping her get through this.