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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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What is the average life expectancy for a person with pancreatic cancer and who had the whipple procedure?

What is the average life expectancy for a person with pancreatic cancer and who had the whipple procedure?

Lymph nodes: The most important variable for survival for patients after the whipple procedure (provided they survive the surgery itself, and presuming that the cancer has been completely removed) has generally been lymph node involvement. This is generally the best indication that the pancreatic cancer has or has not spread beyond the initial site. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

What is the life expectancy of stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

Very short: Stage IV of any cancer means the cancer has spread to the distant organs. This could mean the liver, bone, brain etc. Randy pausch, a computer engineer from carnegie mellon wrote "the last lecture". It is about his experience with advanced pancreatic cancer. I think you might want consider it. ...Read more

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What is the average lifespan after diagnosis with pancreatic cancer?

What is the average lifespan after diagnosis with pancreatic cancer?

Less than 6 months: Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is diagnosed late in most people - when it has already spread within the abdomen or to the liver. The average life span for that is less than 6 months, maybe a little better (but not much) with chemo. If the tumor can be removed surgically, the average life span then is over a year, but a small percent can be cured with a combination of surgery , chemo, radiation. ...Read more

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What is the average prognosis for pancreatic cancer?

What is the average prognosis for pancreatic cancer?

Depends: For the 85% or so of patients who present with disease that cannot be resectable, survival is usually 6 months or less without treatment and around a year with aggressive chemo +/- radiation. Surgery with negative lymph nodes has about a 25% 5-year survival rate with chemo and radiation. Surgery with positive nodes - about 14 months average with chemo and radiation. ...Read more

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On average, how long do people with pancreatic cancer live?

On average, how long do people with pancreatic cancer live?

Variable for stage : Pancreatic cancer is one of the most legal of all malignancies as most are diagnosed after they have spread. If among the fortunate approximately 15% that can have a pancreatic resection, up to 20% can have long-term cure but that is only 3% overall. If resected, but not cured, survival is usually less than 2 years. If the tumor has spread at the time of diagnosis, survival averages 6 months. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer usually life-threatening?

Is pancreatic cancer usually life-threatening?

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. ...Read more

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Hi 19 years old been having yellow stools for a while now almost all my life recently found out on internet that could be pancreatic cancer scared!!

Hi 19 years old been having yellow stools for a while now almost all my life recently found out on internet that could be pancreatic cancer scared!!

Very unlikely: Stool color is determined by diet, bile, and sometimes by bleeding. The most common cause of a lighter stool color, if there are no symptoms, is the food you eat. Do you eat meat? If you have abdominal pain and very light stools, you could have blockage of the bile duct by gallstones or narrowing. Pancreatic or bile duct cancer is very rare at age 19. if worried, see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

Cancer of the pancreas are fast growing abnormal cells. These can be adenocarcinoma that can grow quickly, difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing & may produce hormones & are surgically removed. Cystic cancers also may have better success with surgery. All of these can be difficult ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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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