According to NCCN guidelines, when should pancreatic cancer be considered in patients with diabetes mellitus?

Updated: Mar 07, 2019
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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The NCCN guideline for pancreatic adenocarcinoma acknowledges long-standing diabetes mellitus as a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. The guideline also notes an association between sudden onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus in an adult older than 50 years and a new diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. NCCN guidelines states that clinicians should consider pancreatic cancer in patients with diabetes who have unusual symptoms such as continuous weight loss and abdominal problems. [2]


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