Treating cancer at an early stage is the only way that cancer patient will permanently get rid of cancer on their system.
Dr. Anne Marie Lennon, an assistant professor and director of a new Hopkins Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cyst Program say they have an excellent opportunity to intrude the cancer cells at an early stage.
Hopkins Hospital has a long resume for treating cancer patients. However, this is the first time that they are going to have specialist for treating cysts at an early stages. The program started in November and treats around 19 patients each week.
Based on the study last year published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, every 13 out of 100 people has cysts that are endanger to develop into cancer, but some of these cysts never develops.
One of the success stories of Hopkins Hospital is 41 year old Paula Rhine. The latter works as a sales representative, and lives somewhere in Fort Lauderdale, Florida got lucky to found out about the cancer during its early stage.
Doctors from Florida are aware of the cysts on their patient, but thinks that it will cause any problem for their patient. However, since it concerns health, they advised Rhine to seek a second opinion from other hospitals.
She found out that Hopkins specialized on her case. Immediately, she went to the hospital and scheduled for a series of test. Doctors say Rhine needs to undergo surgery soon.
In March, her 7.5 hour surgery began, in which the doctors have to take out the head of the pancreas and the tumor.
Rhine relieved to find out that the surgery was a success.
As of now, Rhine is working on her company, but she feels a little tired most of the time. Dr. Christopher L. Wolfgang, an associate professor of surgery and oncology at Hopkins explain that what she feels right now is common for people who have undergone surgery.
Wolfgand added that cancer patients also need to undergo chemotherapy to make sure that the cancer cells never comes back.
According to Dr. C. Max Schmidt, an associate professor at Indiana University and director of the six-year-old Pancreatic Cyst & Cancer Early Detection Center, there are no way to find out which patients needs surgery.
Usually, those who have cysts and have a family background with the disease are in greater risk compared to the people who does not have cysts or family that has cancer.