Alex Trebek, a long-time host of the popular game show “Jeopardy” recently reported that he is doing well as he continues to receive treatment for pancreatic cancer.
He admits that he is struggling with fatigue, but says his numbers are good and he is overall doing well. Trebek first revealed that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in March 2019. Since then, Trebek has worked to bring greater awareness of the disease to the public in an effort to help people receive treatment sooner.
Pancreatic cancer is often not discovered until it is in the later stages because there are no early symptoms. Typically, symptoms don’t appear until the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, causing pain.
An Overview of Pancreatic Cancer
The pancreas is located just under the stomach. It is responsible for releasing substances that help with digestion and the regulation of blood sugar. The most common kind of cancer begins in the lining of the ducts.
No one knows exactly what causes a person to develop pancreatic cancer. Some risk factors that make it more likely for an older adult to get pancreatic cancer are:
- Family history of the disease
- Being aged 65 or older
Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer
If your older family member is experiencing symptoms of pancreatic cancer, it is likely the disease has already become advanced. However, as Alex Trebek has shown, it may still be possible to live a full life with treatment.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:
- Pain in the abdomen that spreads into the back.
- Lack of appetite
- Unintentional weight loss
- Skin that appears yellow
- Stools that are light in color
- Urine that is dark
- Itchy skin
- Blood clots
- A new diagnosis of diabetes or having more trouble controlling diabetes than in the past.
Seniors who have any of these symptoms should report them to a doctor. There are lots of other conditions that can cause the symptoms listed above, so the doctor may also check for other problems.
If your aging relative is being treated for pancreatic cancer, senior care can assist them. The older adult may require frequent trips to treatment and to the doctor for follow up. If they are unable to drive, this may be difficult. A senior care provider can offer transportation to and from appointments, ensuring they don’t miss any. Senior care providers can also take care of things around the house while the older adult rests. Senior care providers can clean the house, prepare meals, and even offer basic care for your loved one’s pets.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Home Health Care in Bryn Mawr, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care.
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