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pancreatic cancer in elderly patients

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elie Schochet
18 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Often found too late: Stage 1 pancreatic cancer is highly treatable. Unfortunately only a tiny number of people present at this stage (often undergoing a ct scan for someth ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Late detection: Many pancreatic cancers are detected after these have already spread to other organs and surgery is not curative. There are no good drugs either for ... Read More

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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
See below: Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths. Pancreatic cancer has a poor prognosis: for all stages combined, the 1- an ... Read More
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Dr. George T Tsai
27 years experience General Surgery
Months: About 9 out of 10 patients die within the 1st year of their diagnosis.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
20 years experience Radiation Oncology
Painless jaundice: Unfortunately pancreatic cancer is usually silent, unless it involves the head of the pancreas, which can cause painless jaundice (yellowness in the w ... Read More
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
33 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yellow skin: Patients often present with painless jaundice since the bile ducts can be obstructed. But there can be abdominal pain, bloating, change in stool color ... Read More
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
30 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Varies: Patients with pancreatic cancer may have no symptoms until the disease is advanced which is one oif the reasons it is so dangerous. Symptoms can incl ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Woods
28 years experience Pathology
No/not at this time.: These are not routinely done at this time. The patients are usually old, and by the time this is diagnosed, it is usually too advanced, and far sprea ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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No: Pancreatic transplant is not an option.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
47 years experience Medical Oncology
This is steatorrhea.: People with pancreatic cancer (and other diseases of the pancreas) are unable to mix enzymes normally made in the pancreas with the food in the small ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Lublin
25 years experience General Surgery
Extremely rare: Pancreatic cancer is extremely rare in this demographic.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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U/S least sensative: You need to get a MRI or MRCP OF THAT AREA for a definitive diagnosis
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
45 years experience General Surgery
Sometimes: Yes, because pancreas contain cells that produce insulin. If the cancer is advanced enough, these cells too get affected. But these are general stat ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Need more informatio: Pancreatic cancer is treatable but only when it is small and strictly localized to the pancreas. Once it recurs, then the treatment options are limite ... Read More
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