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How frequently are tumors on the pancreas benign?

How frequently are tumors on the pancreas benign?

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

Dr. Mark Pack
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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


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How often do tumors on the pancreas end up being benign?

How often do tumors on the pancreas end up being benign?

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 more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Tumor marker: tumor markers like ca19-9 should not be used for diagnosis..they only good for follow up after diagnosis was made by tissue biopsy.use of tumor markers as screening may subject the patients to unnecessary testings which could lead to unnecessary complications . ...Read more

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Is a 4mm tumor on the pancreas bad?

Is a 4mm tumor on the pancreas bad?

Very hard to call a: 4mm tumor on imaging, and then hard to biopsy. Scotus justice ginsburg had such a tiny lesion after surveillance ct scan, and has done fine after surgery. An anecdote, but very few pancca are found this small. You can do very well even cured with proper therapy. ...Read more

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What does it mean when fluid develops around pancreatic tumor?

What does it mean when fluid develops around pancreatic tumor?

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 more

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What does it feel like to have a tumor of the pancreas and symptoms?

See below: Early pancreatic cancers often have no symptoms. Common symptoms are abdominal and back pain, weight loss, jaundice and blood clots. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pancreatic-cancer/ds00357/dsection=symptoms. ...Read more

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Are pancreatic malignant tumors hypoechoic ?

Are pancreatic malignant tumors hypoechoic ?

Yes: The typical echogenicity of the pancreas is hyperechoic to adjacent fat. A hypoechoic mass within the pancreas can be benign or malignant. If you have a hypoechoic mass in the pancreas at age 30, you should undergo an MRI or ct of the abdomen to evaluate it further unless by ultrasound it is obviously cystic. ...Read more

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Are tumors on pancreas always fatal?

No: Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is often fatal by 5 years unless it is caught very early. This is difficult, because early pancreatic cancer is not the norm. There are other types of cancers that develop in the pancreas (neuroendocrine cancers) that are not fatal. ...Read more

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Is an spts tumor in the pancreas cancerous?

Fatty infiltration: Fatty infiltration is just what it sounds like - excess fat within and around the pancreas. This condition is benign (not harmful, not cancerous) in the sense that it does not disrupt the normal pancreatic functions of making hormones and making digestive enzymes, plus it does not increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. If a person has fatty infiltration due to obesity, he should lose some weight. ...Read more

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Are tumors on the pancreas considered pancreatis?

No: Pancreatitis is an inflammation, caused by alcohol, gall bladder problems, high triglycerides, etc. A tumor of the pancreas is an abnormal growth of cells, either benign or malignant. ...Read more

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What to do about unactive pituatary tumor and another pancreatic tumor?

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

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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

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What is a spts tumor in the pancreas tail?

Unusual: This is a solid-pseudo-papillary tumor of the pancreas. This is a relatively rare tumor and usually benign in nature. It is usually cured with surgery. ...Read more

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How to treat a slow-growing, malignant, pancreatic tumor?

Depends: The type of cancer in the pancreas will dictate the types of treatments available and the outcomes. Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas and neuroendocrine tumors are considered slow growing. If all disease can be removed, surgery is the best option. ...Read more

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My uncle got diagnosed with pancreas tumor is that mean cancer?

My uncle got diagnosed with pancreas tumor is that mean cancer?

Not necessarily: There are a number of different pancreatic abnormalities/tumors not all of which are frank pancreatic cancer. He should be able to get more specific information from his doctors, including exactly what it is and also the expected prognosis. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with post acinar cell tumor of the pancreas?

Recurrent tumor: Acinar cell carcinoma of pancreas is rare comprising 1-2 % of exocrine pancreatic tumors . Symptoms include vague abdominal pain, presence of a mass or widespread subcutaneous fat necrosis, polyarthritis, and eosinophilia (Schmid's triad) due to circulating lipase. Microscopically, most are highly cellular with minimal stroma . The median survival for all patients is 19 mo.due to mets. ...Read more

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Help please .Help. Might have pancreatic or gastric tumor. I don't want to die my grandmother.?

Help please .Help. Might have pancreatic or gastric tumor. I don't want to die my grandmother.?

See a doc: See your doc. Get checked out. You may or may not have what you fear-can't tell here. Get seen, and get appropriate testing, examination, blood tests, maybe xray or other imaging, maybe gastroenterology consult with or without additional testing. ...Read more

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Is there any metabolic condition in patients with pancreatic tumors that can cause them to gain weight?

Hyperinsulinemia: If you have an insulinoma you would gain weight as a result of having to eat more than usual in order to keep your blood sugar up. Insulin lowers blood sugar and such tumors release Insulin pathologically. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"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