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amylase and lipase levels in pancreatic cancer

A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
Yes: Pancreatic cancer is most uncommon at your age to begin with (it is not a common cancer in general). Normal blood tests and ct scan should reassure y ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: There are no good blood tests for pancreatic cancer. Amylase, Lipase and insulin levels are not helpful in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
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Dr. Shaban Faruqui
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Insulin levels /P.Ca: Serum amylase and/or lipase levels: Elevated in less than 50% of patients with resectable pancreatic cancers and in only 25% of patients with unresect ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Pancreatic Cancer: They would be high. Cancer implies growth of excess or abnormal tissue. This would lead to more enzymes than less.
Dr. Imran Saeed
18 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Amylase and lipase: Are usually elevated with inflammation such as pancreatitis and could be normal with pancreatic cancer. A tumor marker ca 19-9 is usually elevated wit ... Read More
Dr. Herbert Hoover
50 years experience General Practice
Can be high or low: The amylase is usually low in patients with pancreatic cancer. However, if the pancreatic duct becomes obstructed and causes pancreatitis, the amylas ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Rosenbluth
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
It is unclear: Hi kitten40047. The jaundice and elevated enzymes are concerning. It is reassuring to hear that the ct was negative. There may be other reasons for he ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Th 2 different lipa: There is a lipase made in the mouth and one made in the pancreas and they are chemically distinguishable. So yes. pancreatic cancer can raise lipase l ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
May/may not. Unrelia: Lipase is not a reliable test for making a diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer. It is test which is largely limited in its usfulness, mostly for cases of ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Reference range: Reference range or normal values are derived by taking the central 95% of the levels in "healthy" people. Therefore, by definition, 5% of the "healthy ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
26 years experience Radiation Oncology
Probably not: There is no good scientific rationale nor any reliable evidence that taking pancreatic enzymes helps to fight cancer. The exception is patients with ... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
34 years experience General Surgery
Both together: Neither of the tests alone tells much. A combination of tests and exams will lead to diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is not able to be ruled out by any t ... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Why do these?: Amylase and lipase levels are generally uses to diagnose pancreatitis. Your general doctor can order those, but unless you have severe abdominal pain, ... Read More

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