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A 17-year-old female asked:

Can you tell me what the signs of a pancreas not working and/or of pancreatic cancer are?

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Many: There are several symptoms. You can have diarrhea, upper abdominal pain, nausea. Itching? Weight loss.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Steatorrhea: The pancreas is both endocrine and exocrine. When the islets are not working, diseases like diabetes develop. When the gland undergoes inflammation and fibrosis, no pancreatic juice enters the bowel and food is not digested leaving large amts. of fat floating in the stool. Pancreatic cancer does block the duct and has a subclinical form of steatorrhea but his is most often seen with jaundice.

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Could you tell me if my twin brother has pancreatic cancer and i die, can I donate my pancreas to him?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: Organ transplant is not used for pancreas cancer as the organ rejection medications would cause cancer to grow more quickly.

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