A 44-year-old member asked:
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can pancreatic enzymes with protease, amylase and lipase hurt or help cancer?

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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 pancreatic or some other upper GI tumors where the cancer or the treatment has decreased the amount of pancreatic enzymes the patient can make on their own. In this situation, supplements will help the patient digest food and get needed nutrition.
Answered on Apr 5, 2020
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Health fraud: Giving the pancreatic enzymes that help in pancreatic insufficiency (cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatic scarring) as a cancer treatment is a cynical, cruel fraud. It's often packaged with "detoxification" and coffee enemas. Don't pay money to the people who've tried to deceive you on the thought "what if it did work?".
Answered on Apr 11, 2015
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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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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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Rosenbluth
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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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Dr. Robert Killian
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Pancreatic Cancer: They would be high. Cancer implies growth of excess or abnormal tissue. This would lead to more enzymes than less.
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Dr. Andrew Hoffman
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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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