ABC News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton says the pancreatic cancer diagnosis of Alex Trebek is “particularly scary.”
“It’s an uncommon cancer and there are many different types of pancreatic cancer, but typically when it’s diagnosed it’s already at a late or late or advanced or metastatic stage,” Ashton told WOR’s “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning.
Trebek announced on Wednesday that he’s been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.He’s promised to fight the disease.
Ashton said symptoms can be vague, such as pain or weight loss, making it hard for people to understand that something is wrong.It’s only when more serious symptoms develop that the cancer is often found.
“Certainly if you develop some of those symptoms and pancreatic cancer is found that’s when unfortunately it’s often so advanced and so spread that treatment becomes difficult,” Ashton said.
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