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A 46-year-old member asked:

my mother has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. what can you tell me about this type of cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Multiple: Has it spread outside the pancreas? Does the cancer involve the lymph nodes? What type-- adenocarcinoma or neuroendocrine cancer? Has a surgical oncologist evaluated whether the patient is a surgical candidate? Other than the pancreatic cancer, how healthy is the patient? These are just a few of the factors that affect the treatment and prognosis of pancreatic cancer.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to determine my chances of getting pancreatic cancer since my mother died of this?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let me advise you: Cancer of the pancreas is a genetic disease which means that it is caused by changes (mutations) in dna.This is a current area of research at hopkins. It has been estimated that ten percent of pancreatic cancers are hereditary.
Royal Oak, MI
A 19-year-old male asked:

My father died of pancreatic cancer when he was 39 years old, does it mean that its a familial type of cancer and that I have high chance of getting ?

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Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 36 years experience
Probably not : Although he was diagnosed at a young age, if his is the only case in your family it was still most likely sporadic and not genetic or familial. It would be good to know what the exact type of pancreatic tumor it was and a detailed family history of any types of cancer to help make a better assessment.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my step-mother has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Be family: I'm sorry about your stepmother. There are some uncommon forms of pancreatic cancer that are often manageable, but the common form usually is only palliable. If the latter, this is a time for closure, for sharing what good times are possible, for providing care when things become difficult, to forgive as required, and to try to brighten her life.

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