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Doctor insights on: Benign Pancreatic Tumor

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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. Julie Abbott
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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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Are tumors on pancreas always fatal?

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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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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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 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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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

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