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Best Screening 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
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
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
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
Why have there been no major breakthroughs in pancreatic cancer treatment? Why is it so hard to come up with a good screening tool?
After ultrasound test for pancreatic cancer where would they send you if cancer showed up on the screening?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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