Pancanology shows how a pancreas cancer tumor size and location can dramatically affect the production and delivery of enzymes crucial to the digestion of food.
Hi! this is david dessert of pancanology. i this video, i’ll show how a pancreas tumor location and size can affect the production and delivery of pancreatic enzyme. these enzymes are crucial to your body’s digestion and absorption of nutrients in the foods you eat. it’s my belief that every pancreatic adenocarcinoma patient should start out with
A prescription for pancreatic enzyme supplements. insufficient enzymes can in the short term contribute to weight loss, stomach pains, diarrhea, gas, bloating, or yellow, foul-smelling stools. in the long term, you may experience osteoporosis, brittle teeth or brittle bones due to calcium deficiency. enzyme supplementation is generically called pancrelipase, but is
Prescribed in brand names such as creon, pancreaze, pertzyte, viokaze, or zenpep. countries outside the united states can have some different brand names. one of the two main functions of the pancreas is the production of enzymes, supported by many ducts seen here inside the pancreas. such as the gallbladder and bile duct, which store and bring bile from the liver.
Inside the pancreas are pancreatic ducts that collect and deliver enzymes produced throughout the pancreas to the duodenum. the duodenum is the first part of the small intestine where food from the stomach mixes with liver bile and pancreatic enzymes breaking down that food for absorption by the gi tract. but in response to events such as the sight and smell of food note
That the bile duct enters the pancreas joining with the pancreatic duct for a short segment called the ampulla of vater now let’s look closer at where pancreatic enzymes get produced. at the ends of these duct branches are clusters of acinar cells. three types of acinar cells produce the three types of enzymes, specialized for different types of food. duct cells help
Contain, collect, and deliver these enzymes to the small intestine. it’s these same duct cells that become cancerous in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, now let’s imagine a small tumor in these duct cells. the enzymes upstream of this tumor can be blocked from reaching the duodenum. as the tumor grows, it prevents even more enzymes from being delivered which may
Instead leak out into the surrounding healthy tissues they can break down the healthy tissues and can cause inflammation and pain, or pancreatitis, going back to a bigger picture, let’s look at this tumor in the pancreas. may not have a big impact on the total enzyme production of the pancreas. could block most enzymes from reaching the duodenum. a little bit larger
And this tumor can squeeze the liver bile duct as well, causing jaundice and severely compromising digestion and food absorption. without sufficient enzymes or bile, the nutrition in what food you eat may pass right though you. i hope this video helps explain how a tumor’s size and location can prevent pancreas enzymes from reaching your digestive tract remember that
Enzyme production is just one factor affecting digestion. and even anxiety factor into how well you can digest. but clearing away this one obstacle to digestive success
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Pancanology Explains: Pancreas Enzymes & Tumor Location By Pancanology