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Benign Pancreatic Tumor
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
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
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
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
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?
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 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
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
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
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
A person with a pancreatic tumor that has mild to moderate pain while standing would expect some pain when lying down at night, as well?
Pancreatic pain: Every tumor in pancreas is different. Some get better if you get on your hands and knees. Discuss with your Dr. ...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
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
Is there any metabolic condition in patients with pancreatic tumors that can cause them to gain weight?
"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