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is pancreatic cancer usually life-threatening?

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Dr. Brandon Smithey
Specializes in Pathology
Typically: The most common type of pancreatic cancer is adenocarcinoma arising from the pancreatic duct, usually associated with a bad outcome. The reason is that, given the anatomic location, adenocarcinoma of the pancreas typically will not cause symptoms until it has developed aggressive features (such as invasion of surrounding organs or metastasis to distant organs), rendering cure unlikely.
Dr. Umut Sarpel
Surgical Oncology 20 years experience
Unfortunately, yes: The term pancreatic cancer usually refers specifically to pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the most common type. While there are other pancreatic tumors with a good prognosis, pancreatic adenocarcinoma is a very aggressive tumor. Unfortunately, most patients with this cancer are diagnosed late, at a point when achieving a cure is exceedingly rare.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are alternative or complementary treatments of pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Many possibilities: Unfortunately, conventional therapy has poor success. Alternative therapies are controversial but are worth considering- see www.Cancertutor.Com for an overview. For pancreatic cancer specifically, oncologist nicholas gonzales offers a promising if controversial approach: www.Dr-gonzalez.Com a recent study on homeopathic psorinum had incredible results: www.Hindawi.Com/journals/ecam/2011/724743.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the stages of pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Posting a link here: The staging is detailed here - http://www.Pancreatica.Org/index.Cfm/faqs.Htm#c2.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Uncontrolled growth: Cancer is uncontrolled growth of cells that has escaped normal mechanisms of control that exists in the body to control cell growth and repair damage that may have occurred in the dna of a cell. If this happens to be in the pancrease, (pancrelipase) we call it pancreatic cancer.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Where does pancreatic cancer begin?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
In the pancreas: Can be anywhere in the gland itself.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the various types of pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Adenocarcinoma: 95% of pancreatic cancers are adenocarcinoma; the remaining 5% are hormone making tumors called neuroendocrine tumors (such as insulinomas, gastrinomas, glucagonoma, and vipomas).

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