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Benign Pancreatic Tumor
Mom has high CA 19-9 (58.7), pancreatic CT scan clear. Lifelong SLE (lupus), but also new benign adrenal adenoma. Can this explain high tumor marker?
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
Small %: The majority of pancreatic tumors arise in the intraductal structures and then invade. These are the high grade carcinomas. A small group areise from the islets of Langerhans and most of them are benign. Benign cyst adenomas are also occasionally found. One has to make sure that a beinign lesion is not one that converts to the malignant component. ...Read more
Oncology: Would it be prudent for a surgeon to remove a benign tumor (if it was) of the pancreas when there is a family history of pc?
Ask the surgeon: I guess the question is 'is there an association between benign tumor and later malignant pancreatic cancer'. But how do you know its benign? In any case, putting the question directly to your surgical consult, and checking the answer with your own practitioner is a good idea. ...Read more
Lots are benign: Tumors of the pancreas are often benign, and often just cysts. It really takes a specialized team to be able to determine tumors/cysts are benign and can be followed without surgical removal and which require further evaluation and potentially surgical removal. CT scans, MRI scans, and endoscopic ultrasound are the most common tests to make this determination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inflammation: Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. This can occur when the ducts within the pancreas become obstructed. It can also occur if there was a recent pancreatic procedure (like a biopsy). It can also occur after eating too much greasy food or alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Endocrine: Is the pancreatic tumor benign? You will need to see an endocrinologist to make sure you don't have particular multi endocrine neoplasm . Also, will depend on the nature of the tumor (benign vs cancerous) and whether they are causing any symptoms. If there are functioning and secreting certain hormones- and or if the size is big and creating symptom then therapy need to be considered. D/w doctor. ...Read more
What to do if I had a pituatary tumor that currently is not active. I have recently been diagnosed with another pancreatic tumor. how do you handle all this?
Get the facts: For example, whether or not you have multiple endocrine neoplasia, what the prognosis for each of your lesions is, what to expect, what treatment options there may be, whether no treatment might be best. Approach it like an adult. Almost everyone, sooner or later, will get sick with something. Your physician is there to help you manage it; you must draw on your own inner resources & smarts. ...Read more
NOT VERY!!!: Hi. Pancreatic polypeptide (PP) is NOT a screening test for pancreatic tumors. The only pancreatic cells that make PP are rare neuroendocrine cells in the Islets of Langerhans (an already tiny fraction of the pancreas). And those would be a TINY, TINY fraction of all pancreatic tumors. But hey, if it's a PP secreting neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas, you'd have it dialed! Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
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