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Where can I get screening test for pancreatic cancer?

Where can I get screening test for pancreatic cancer?

No screening test: There is no usual test for screening for pancreatic cancer- no blood or ct scans are benficial in this setting. ...Read more

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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Why is there still no screening test for pancreatic cancer? What's the hold up?

Why is there still no screening test for pancreatic cancer? What's the hold up?

Hold up: There is little indication for screening for pancreatic cancer if you have no abdominal pain. If you do have pain you must see your primary doctor soon! ...Read more

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Best pain medicine for pancreatic cancer?

Best pain medicine for pancreatic cancer?

Different for each: Unfortunately pancreatic cancer can be very painful. Each person responds differently and no one solution for everyone. Use of narcotics is usually the first step. Nerve block and nerve abalation techniques are also helpful for some. ...Read more

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What test is the best test to look for pancreatic cancer I'm scared? I have abd pain had mri/us/ct only thing it show is gb stones or polyps please help

What test is the best test to look for pancreatic cancer I'm scared? I have abd pain had mri/us/ct only thing it show is gb stones or polyps please help

Imaging studies best: The tests you had are very sensitive for finding pancreatic masses. If they show only stones then that is the likely reason for pain. Pancreatic cancer is rare at your age and stones can commonly cause pain and are far more common in a young woman. Blood test for ca19-9 can be used but is not specific for cancer. ...Read more

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Why have there been no major breakthroughs in pancreatic cancer treatment? Why is it so hard to come up with a good screening tool?

Why have there been no major breakthroughs in pancreatic cancer treatment? Why is it so hard to come up with a good screening tool?

There are no good an: We have No good answers...it is just one difficult cancer to diagnose early because it sits so deeply inside the belly and quietly spreads (in more than 50% of folks) before any symptoms appear. ...Read more

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After ultrasound test for pancreatic cancer where would they send you if cancer showed up on the screening?

After ultrasound test for pancreatic cancer where would they send you if cancer showed up on the screening?

Back to Radiology: You wound need more imaging studies. Most likely a ct scan or an mri. Then they would refer you to a cancer specialist. It may be a surgeon or a medical oncologist, depending on what is found on the imaging studies. ...Read more

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Is there a known correlation between brain activity and disease (e.G pancreatic cancer and brain activity)?

Is there a known correlation between brain activity and disease (e.G pancreatic cancer and brain activity)?

Myths: There is a "pop" notion that bad attitudes cause cancer. This is both totally false and cruel. Advanced cancer of most sorts may produce chemicals that slow brain activity and cause fatigue, and rarely the immune response to a tumor will attack the brain, though this almost never happens with pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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What can cause pancreatic cancer?

What can cause pancreatic cancer?

Probable viral: Pancreas cancer starts out as an intraductal lesion similar to breast DTIC (dacarbazine). It smolders within the ductal system for 15-20 yrs before first signs of ductal wall invasion to become an early pancreatic carcinoma. The TAA that are expressed early are oncofetal in origin and are suppressed at birth to reappear in the tumor as the oncogenic protein. Transformation probably viral induced. ...Read more

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How can I survive pancreatic cancer?

Survival: If there is no evidence of distant metastasis and it can be resected, the highest survival is achieved through surgical resection (whipples procedure) followed by chemotherapy +/- radiation. ...Read more

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Could children get pancreatic cancer?

Could children get pancreatic cancer?

Yes indeed: The usual form is pancreatoblastoma, a tumor with a different appearance and behavior from common adult pancreatic cancer. It's quite uncommon, with a few dozen cases in the us each year. A microscopic photo of one such tumor is shown in the picture. ...Read more

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How common is pancreatic cancer at 30?

How common is pancreatic cancer at 30?

Very uncommon: Pancreatic cancer is generally diagnosed in patients over the age of 60. Rarely it can arise in younger patients, especially if you have multiple family members that have pancreatic cancer or some types of inherited breast cancer. ...Read more

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How badly does pancreatic cancer hurt?

How badly does pancreatic cancer hurt?

Varies: Pancreatic cancer can produce severe pain due to infilteration of nerves, metastases to bone and by inducing venous thrombosis and pulmonary emboli. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer rare in 25 year olds?

Is pancreatic cancer rare in 25 year olds?

Yes.: But, not unheard of. The typical adenocarcinoma of the pancreas is much more common in middle-aged to elderly patients. There are some other types of cancer, more endocrine in nature, which can occur in younger patients. Make sure you have a discussion with your doctor, who can guide you to a competent surgeon and oncologist, if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer bad?

Can be: Pancreatic cancer symptoms depend on the extent of the cancer and can range form minimal to very significant in intensity. Typical symptoms include jaundice, abdomen pain (can be severe), bowel obstruction, weight loss, new-onset diabetes, depression, fatigue to name a few. ...Read more

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How does oleander affect pancreatic cancer?

How does oleander affect pancreatic cancer?

Does not do much: Pancreatic cancer is a tough to treat cancer. Simple solutions like Oleander would not do much good. It can only delay using the proper treatment offered by an oncologist. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for pancreatic cancer?

What do you recommend for pancreatic cancer?

Surgery evaluation: Pancreatic cancer is a very aggressive malignancy. A surgical oncologist needs to evaluate the patient to see if the patient has resectable disease and can tolerate the whipple procedure. If the cancer is resectable often radiation and chemotherapy is used afterwards to delay/prevent recurrences. On unresectable patients combinations of radiation and chemotherapy offer some palliation. ...Read more

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What is the incubation time for pancreatic cancer?

Long incubation: The incubation is very long for the carcinoma in situ. Why after this period of time the invasive lesion is so aggressive is undetermined. Early diagnosis in the incubation period of time can be made with ERCP brushing where the atypical preinvasive cells can be identified. Usually after 15 years the in-situ lesion transforms and invades the ductal wall into the parenchyma to become invasive. ...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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I want to know what's the cause of pancreatic cancer?

So do we: Pancreatic cancer seems to be a spontaneous event and because it is internal with no early symptoms, is rarely detected until it has spread beyond meaningful treatment. No one knows the cause. There is much investigation being done to provide earlier detection and discover the cause. ...Read more

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My pancreatic cancer: causes, & symptoms, as well as cure?

My pancreatic cancer: causes, & symptoms, as well as cure?

Unsure of question!: Do YOU have pancreas cancer? That is very rare in someone in their 30s. No one knows what causes pancreas cancer. Symptoms are usually upper mid-abdominal pain near the breast bone, often after eating going into the back, weight loss, loss of appetite, change in taste/smell sensation, blood clot in leg, depression. Early pancreas cancer's best chance for cure is surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer: 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 to diagnose & treat. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some of the causes fo pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer: Pancreatic cancer (p) is due to dna mutations, and there are three ways that we can damage our dna. We can be born with a dna mutation inherited from either parent, we can damage our dna by smoking, or our dna can be damaged by chance. Risk factors for p are increasing age, diabetes, being a male, being obese and eating a high cholesterol diet and being black. ...Read more

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If I think I may be at risk for pancreatic cancer, what should I do?

Depends: There are rare families with hereditary pancreas cancer--if you are in one of those you should find a clinic that specifically addresses them--2 I know are at johns hopkins and the university of washington/seattle cancer care alliance. ...Read more

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Why is pancreatic cancer often incurable?

Why is pancreatic cancer often incurable?

Caught late: Symptoms from pancreatic cancer often do not happen until it is in later stages where it starts to press on nerves or the bile tubes (causing jaundice).

In addition, we do not have very effective chemotherapies to treat it once it has spread. ...Read more

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Ovarian or pancreatic cancer--whats worse?

It depends: The stage of a cancer has a lot to do with how long a patient with that cancer will live. For the most part ovarian cancer can be treated, and the patient can live for many years-if a patient has widespread pancreas cancer, the survival is usually a matter of months. ...Read more

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What does pancreatic cancer pain feel like?

What does pancreatic cancer pain feel like?

Highly variable: Each person is different. Much of the early stage of pancreas cancer has no pain. Later stage pancreas cancer can cause a severe boring pain from the mid upper abdomen into the upper back. ...Read more

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Do I have pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer?

Do I have pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer?

See below: What makes you think that you have either?
I addressed your concern about pancreatic cancer.
Please visit a doctor for reassurance, since you do not seem to have any symptoms.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Does pancreatictist lead to pancreatic cancer?

Does pancreatictist lead to pancreatic cancer?

Risk factors 2 watch: The risk of pancreatic cancer is increased in: tobacco smokers, being overweight, workplace exposure to certain chemicals, age >45, male gender, Afro American race, family history, genetic syndromes, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis, possibly H.pylori, diets (rich in red meat, pork, processed meats), physical inactivity, heavy alcohol intake. Best to change what risks you can please ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a! c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


Dr. Mathew Chengot
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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