A 20-year-old male asked:
are pancreatic enzymes (amylase and lipase) always elevated if pancreatic cancer is present?? what about insulin blood level?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered
48 years experience Pathology
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.
Answered on Jan 11, 2020
Dr. Shaban Faruqui answered
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Insulin levels /P.Ca: Serum amylase and/or lipase levels: Elevated in less than 50% of patients with resectable pancreatic cancers and in only 25% of patients with unresectable tumors. Tumor markers such as CA 19-9 antigen and CEA: 75-85% have elevated CA 19-9 levels; 40-45% have elevated CEA levels.The odds of getting pancreatic cancer were worse for men with type 2 diabetes and the highest insulin levels.
Answered on Mar 12, 2020
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