Pancreatic cancer treatment in Nashville, Tennessee
TriStar Health's network of hospitals provides patients with access to pancreatic cancer care in Middle Tennessee. Our oncologists prioritize individualized care, considering each patient's symptoms and risk factors in developing a pancreatic cancer treatment plan.
For more information about our pancreatic cancer care, please call askSARAH at (615) 514-2401.
Pancreatic cancer risk factors
There are certain activities or habits that can lead to an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer, such as smoking, a poor diet, excessive alcohol use and being overweight. Although there are factors you cannot control, such as race, age, family history and inherited traits, eliminating controllable risk factors can help reduce your chances of developing pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer symptoms
Common symptoms of pancreatic cancer can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Gallbladder or liver enlargement
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- Jaundice (condition that causes yellowing of the skin and eyes)
- Blood clots
You should see your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms.
Pancreatic cancer screening and diagnosis
Pancreatic cancer often goes undetected until it is in the later stages, when it is harder to treat. This is because it does not cause symptoms until after it has spread to other organs. However, pancreatic cancer can be detected using other routine medical imaging exams and diagnostic tests, such as:
- Blood test
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
Pancreatic cancer treatment options
As with any condition, treatment options depend on the type and stage of the disease, overall health and patient preference. We encourage all patients to take the time to learn about the treatment options available to ensure they are comfortable and prepared for the treatment process.
Your care plan may include:
- Surgery (laparoscopy or tumor removal)
- Radiation therapy
- Medication-assisted therapy
- Targeted therapy
We do not want you to manage your cancer diagnosis alone. That is why TriStar Health hospitals assign a nurse navigator to each patient with cancer. The role of a nurse navigator is to help you manage the physical and emotional challenges cancer brings, while simultaneously coordinating all of your cancer care.
For ongoing care outside of the clinical setting, the Greater Nashville area hosts a variety of cancer support groups to assist you and your loved ones as you move through your cancer journey.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (615) 514-2401 or chat online at askSARAHnow.