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Are diabetics more likely to have pancreatic cancer?

Are diabetics more likely to have pancreatic cancer?

Yes: Diabetes is associated increase in the incidence of pancreatic, kidney, colorectal, prostate, endometrial, liver, breast, renal cell cancers and lymphoma. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Should i be tested for pancreatic cancer? My younger brother died of pancreatic cancer 3 years ago. I am 69 and was diagnosed as diabetic 1 year ago

Should i be tested for pancreatic cancer?  My younger brother died of pancreatic cancer 3 years ago.  I am 69 and was diagnosed as diabetic 1 year ago

If you want: Unfortunately for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, there is no specific tumor markers available , and no screening mechanism except ct scan, from the information you gave your unfortunate brother's cancer do not appear to genetic origin , speak to your doctor, good luck. ...Read more

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Should my dad be screened for pancreatic cancer? Since he's a 56 year old diabetic. How is this screened for?

Should my dad be screened for pancreatic cancer? Since he's a 56 year old diabetic. How is this screened for?

See below: There is no blood test for pancreatic cancer screening. If the suspicion is high an imaging study, ultrasound, CT or MRI may be done. You may consult this site and then discuss the matter with your father's doctor: http://www.uchospitals.edu/specialties/cancer/pancreatic/screening.html ...Read more

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This year I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatus. Take creon, helps great. Now, I am type 1 diabetic. Should I worry about pancreatic cancer?

This year I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatus. Take creon, helps great. Now, I am type 1 diabetic. Should I worry about pancreatic cancer?

Not really: Chronic pancreatitis, diabetics has slightly higher incidence but not significant enough to worry, go for regular routine examinations from your physician. ...Read more

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How likely is getting pancreatic cancer at 22? Also would symptoms like left side and mid left back pain happen suddenly?

How likely is getting pancreatic cancer at 22? Also would symptoms like left side and mid left back pain happen suddenly?

Very rare: Pancreatic cancer in a 22 year old is very rare. sudden pain in the left side/back is more likely to be due to injury or overuse. I would also consider a urinary tract infection or kidney stone, which both way more likely than cancer. ...Read more

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My sister says she has pancreatic cancer. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has pancreatic cancer. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

No, unless..: No. Genetic abnormality only accounts for a small fraction of pancreatic cancer cases. Up to 10 percent of patients with pancreatic cancer have a family history of the disease the risk will be higher if you have a very strong family history of other cancers in the family as well. ...Read more

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What are the chances of pancreatic cancer reoccuring after eight years? What would be the most likely earliest symptoms?

What are the chances of pancreatic cancer reoccuring after eight years? What would be the most likely earliest symptoms?

Maybe something else: The majority of pancreatic cancers recur within the first 2-4 years, but some recur as long as 10-15 years out. Main symptoms may be unexplained weight loss, jaundice, abdominal or back pain. There can be other causes for many of these things, so go back to your oncologist for a check up. ...Read more

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How likely is it that the first sign of pancreatic cancer would be a palpable left supraclavicular lymph node?

How likely is it that the first sign of pancreatic cancer would be a palpable left supraclavicular lymph node?

It can happen: Pancreatic and stomach cancer can be quite advanced before they are detected, and it is well described that the first manifestation can be a palpable "Virchow's node." ...Read more

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How likely is it that a CT scan would show pancreatic cancer?

How likely is it that a CT scan would show pancreatic cancer?

CT scan is a good te: CT scan can pick up any lump or tumor of more than 2 cm when located in the abdomen.. In that regard it will pick up pancreatic Cancer if it is there. Accuracy is 80% or better ...Read more

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If pancreatic cancer was the cause of mildly elevated lipase, would the tumor likely be big enough to be seen on a CT scan?

If pancreatic cancer was the cause of mildly elevated lipase, would the tumor likely be big enough to be seen on a CT scan?

Possibly: This enzyme, produced by the pancreas to break down triglycerides can result from any physiologic changes in the pancreas ranging from mild to sever pancreatitis to carcinoma of the pancreas. Mild inflammation is not seen on CT scan ...Read more

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Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Depends on location: Pancreas is a fish-shaped organ with its head tucked into the duodenum (c-shaped beginning of small intestine coming off stomach). If tumor blocks bile duct or panc duct, causes abdominal pain, pancreatitis, jaundice. If it's in tail, will cause no symtptoms till very large or spread to other areas. Most common: weight loss, mental status change such as new onset depression. ...Read more

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How to cure pancreatic cancer?

How to cure pancreatic cancer?

Surgery is Key: The best option for cure is surgery. About 20% of patients with pancreatic cancer are candidates for surgery. The surgery is pancreaticoduodenectomy, also called a Whipple procedure. It usually involves removing. 1. The head of the pancreas 2. A part of the duodenum 3. A of a portion of the common bile duct 4. The gall bladder 5. In many instances a portion of the stomach ...Read more

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Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Highly variable: Each person is different. Much of the early stage of pancreas cancer has no symptoms. May have gradual onset of lack or appetite and gradual weight loss. Later posdible yellow jaunduce formation. Later stage pancreas cancer can cause a severe boring pain from the mid upper abdomen into the upper back. ...Read more

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How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?

How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?

Biopsy sometimes: Patients with pancreatic masses, elevated ca19-9 levels, and clinical features of cancer can fairly reliably be clinically diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Biopsy should only be performed when the tumor is unresectable, metastasized, or if neoadjuvant (before surgery) chemo/radiation is being offered. Surgical resection should proceed to provide definitive pathology; needle biopsy often misses. ...Read more

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Is the pancreatic cancer hereditary?

It may be hereditary: There is some evidence that pancreatic cancer may occur more in some families. Johns hopkins was doing a study on families with pancreatic cancer where by relatives were having very close followup that included ct scanning and surgery if there was suspicion of a developing cancer. I do not know if the study is still ongoing. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

Fast growing abnormal cells that are difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing ...Read more