By the end of 2020 it is expected that 3,933 Australians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Whilst this is expected to account for only 2.7% of all new cancer diagnoses in Australia, it is also expected that 3,300 people will die of pancreatic cancer in 2020.
The mortality rates for pancreatic cancer remain high compared to other cancers, with only marginal improvements in survival being achieved over the last forty years.
This rapid learning provides an overview of pancreatic cancer, its impact on Australians and available treatment options.
By the end of this rapid learning you will be able to:
- outline the functions of the pancreas
- describe the different types of pancreatic cancer
- identify the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer
- list the factors that may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, including family history
- outline the current treatment options for pancreatic cancer.
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