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what are the usual indicators of pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Depends on location: But pain and jaundice. Unless the cancer is located in the head of pancreas, symptoms appear late, this is one of the main problems with this cancer.
Dr. Shyamali Singhal
General Surgery 24 years experience
Vague symptoms: Weight loss, bloating, early satiety are vague symptoms and only later when profound weight loss, and back pain or jaundice occur does it come to attention.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Biopsy: Pathology gives the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, typically a needle guided biopsy of the pancreatic mass seen at the time of endoscopy a ct-guided biopsy by interventional radiologist is performed.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I think I may be at risk for pancreatic cancer, what should I do?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Discuss with your MD: Write down why you think you are at risk for pancreatic cancer, and meet with your doctor. Before, talk to your family members and write down all relatives who have been diagnosed with cancer and at what age they were diagnosed. Be sure to share any symptoms you are having with your md. Pancreatic cancer is very rare and difficult to diagnose; unfortunately there is not a good screening test.
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.
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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