One thing comes out clearly from the story: Pancreatic cancer is lethal because it can masquerade well! It can appear in the form of jaundice, abdominal pain, back pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, appetite loss, and runaway diabetics. However, the common man often gets tricked into believing that they signal other, less consequential, diseases.
“We, therefore, advise people to let the doctor be the judge of it,” says Dr Patta. “Time is of essence...do not wait; do not hesitate. See a doctor at first hint!”
(Shali Ittaman was formerly the editor at Times of India, at Hindustan Times and at Press Trust of India. Copy written for the Features Division, Guru Daksha Consultancy Services).