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Can chronic pancreatitis cause pancreatic cancer?

Can chronic pancreatitis cause pancreatic cancer?

Increases risk: Chronic pancreatitis (inflammation for the pancreas) can lead to cellular changes which could potentially increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. ...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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Does chronic pancreatitis lead to pancreatic cancer?

Does chronic pancreatitis lead to pancreatic cancer?

Usually not: Chronic pancreatitis by itself is a serious illness with a 50% mortality rate over 20-25 years. People with garden variety chronic pancreatitis do not have an appreciable increase in incidence of pancreatic cancer; however, the small number of people with hereditary pancreatitis have a 40% life time risk of cancer of pancreas. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer symptoms MRI showed chronic pancreatitis, heart disease and fat liver, what is the chance that they might find a cancer there too?

Pancreatic cancer symptoms MRI showed chronic pancreatitis, heart disease and fat liver, what is the chance that they might find a cancer there too?

Plan to live: Chronic pancreatitis only has a slight tendency to produce cancer especially if it's hereditary, and if it was not seen on imaging, it's very unlikely to be there and you should plan to live. If you are not a longtime heavy drinker, then we need to seek the cause of your liver, heart and pancreatic disease. It may be that a healthier future awaits you with aerobic fitness as the key. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does acute pancreatitis cause pancreatic cancer?

Does acute pancreatitis cause pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatitis: Typically chronic pancreatitis does. Acute pancreatitis if well managed does not lead to cancer. ...Read more

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Been having white globs in my stool that float. What could cause besides pancreatic cancer? Could it be cancer? I had pancreatitis a few years ago.

Been having white globs in my stool that float. What could cause besides pancreatic cancer? Could it be cancer? I had pancreatitis a few years ago.

Doubt its cancer: Floating stool without much color usually indicates poor absorption of fat from your diet. A poorly functioning gallbladder, pancreas or small intestine can be involved. While pancreas cancer can cause such symptoms this is not the usual way cancer is found and 29 is a bit young for pancreas cancer but you should see your doctor to get the other issues on the list checked. ...Read more

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Can vancomycin cause your pancreas to flare in a patient who has chronic pancreatitis?

Can vancomycin cause your pancreas to flare in a patient who has chronic pancreatitis?

Vancomycin: Hello and welcome to HealthTap :)

Based upon my literature review and personal experience it should not cause a flare up of chronic Pancreatitis.

I hope I have answered your question.

Thank you ...Read more

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I have chronic pancreatitis, can a scares pancreas cause severe pain without inflammation? The ER said no inflame but GI doc said very scared pancreas

I have chronic pancreatitis, can a scares pancreas cause severe pain without inflammation? The ER said no inflame but GI doc said very scared pancreas

You are correct: A chronically scarred pancreas (popularly miscalled "chronic pancreatitis") indicates that the cause of your pain is likely to be damage to the nearby nerves from the same process. Causes include alcohol & heredity. Have you been offered a procedure in which the nerves can be deadened by an injection through the stomach wall? I've only read of it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to find cause of my chronic pancreatitis, doc said it is idiopathic. Mrcp, usg scan done. No alcohol, autoimmune, pancreatic divisium. My age 19.Advance?

How to find cause of my chronic pancreatitis, doc said it is idiopathic. Mrcp, usg scan done. No alcohol, autoimmune, pancreatic divisium. My age 19.Advance?

Need good nutrition: Other causes of chronic pancreatitis include hyperlipidemia, protein-deficient malnutrition and familial causes. It is extremely important that you follow a good diet to prevent relapses. I suggest you see a nutritionist and follow closely with your PCP. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how pancreatitis &pancreatic cancer differ?

Can you please tell me how pancreatitis &pancreatic cancer differ?

Pancreatitis: Is inflammatory process however pancreatic cancer is malignant neoplasm ...Read more

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Are there any disease processes that mimic the symptoms of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer?

Are there any disease processes that mimic the symptoms of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer?

Dozens: All causes of back pain, jaundice, upper abdominal pain, weight loss, and/or diarrhea. The actual diagnoses of pancreatic disease often requires imaging. ...Read more

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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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How can I distinguish between pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer?

How can I distinguish between pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer?

Difficult: Even with invasive testing, this can be a very difficult distinction. EUS (endoscopic ultrasound) with biopsy, ERCP with brushings, and scans like MRI or CT tend to be the most reliable ways to tell pancreatic cancer apart from pancreatitis. Even biopsy samples can at times be difficult to tell the 2 apart underneath the microscope. In terms of symptoms, essentially all the symptoms overlap. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer advice/info?

See below: Please consult these sites for information on these topics.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/pancreatitis/basics/definition/con-20028421

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/pancreatic-cancer/basics/definition/CON-20028153 ...Read more

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Is there a noticeable difference between pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer?

Not really: Both can present with pain, itching, yellow skin and eyes. The CT scan will be the first step to help differentiate. Then some blood tests. ...Read more

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How do you test for autoimmune pancreatitis as opposed to pancreatic cancer?

How do you test for autoimmune pancreatitis as opposed to pancreatic cancer?

Criteria: For autoimmune pancreatitis, the duct must be narrowed on imaging and there must be autoantibodies or a histopathologic / biopsy diagnosis. Diagnosing cancer is usually done by getting tissue for the pathologist by whatever means. ...Read more

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Will a ct scan without contrast show pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer? Or damage to the liver?

Yes: In some cases a noncontrast ct scan can show pancreatic cancer, changes that could suggest pancreatic inflammation and liver diseases. However a negative scan does not rule out these diseases. ...Read more

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Can idiopathic chronic pancreatitis reduce witin 50 days as my ABDOMEN scan shows NORMAL PANCREAS my MRCP rprt showed chronic pancre 60 days ago?

Too young to have: Chronic Pancreatitis. Idiopathic Pancreatitis can resolve.
Chronic means long lasting years and years and years.
You do not have DM type 1 or Protein Calorie Malnutriton either. So hopefully it will not recur. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of a shrunk pancreas, in someone with chronic pancreatitis?

Atrophy/scar: The recurrent infections leads to scar that replaces viable tissue in the organ. It atrophies (shrinks) and becomes under active. The pt may actually have a bout of pancreatitis but the labs will be normal cause the organ cant even generate the usual rise in enzymes. Also know as a "burnt out " pancreas. Needless to say it is not good and indicates end stage disease. ...Read more

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Chronic pancreatitis are there any known drugs that can stop the enzymes from destroying the pancreas? In trials?

Chronic pancreatitis are there any known drugs that can stop the enzymes from destroying the pancreas? In trials?

Haven't heard of...: Haven't heard of a successful treatment to block the secretion or damaging effect of the pancreatic enzymes (the G.I. Specialists have tried some meds to decrease secretion on enzymes). ...Read more

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Chronic pancreatitis why is methotrexate bad for your pancreas?

Chronic pancreatitis why is methotrexate bad for your pancreas?

Very strong drug: Methotrexate is a very strong medication and can have side effects on practically every part of the body. Pancreatic inflammation has been seen in patients using methotrexate; not sure of the exact mechanism of damage to the pancreas. ...Read more

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I have had chronic pancreatitis for 2 years. It is not hereditary, not an alcoholic. 8 attacks I have 2 cysts on my pancreas. What are my options?

I have had chronic pancreatitis for 2 years. It is not hereditary, not an alcoholic. 8 attacks I have 2 cysts on my pancreas. What are my options?

Depends: On cause of the cysts (post pancreatitis are benign) and evolution/size. If true cysts, size over 3cm or central location in pancreas are worrisome. Could be premalignant. As for the cause of pancreatitis, look for stones or congenital issues such as pancreas divi sum. Hope this helps :). ...Read more

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How many months should I eat creon I had idiopathic chronic pancreatitis and now pancreas r normal in abdomen scan am 19 it is too young what to DO? ?

How many months should I eat creon I had idiopathic chronic pancreatitis and now pancreas r normal in abdomen scan am 19 it is too young what to DO? ?

Rare condition.: This is rare especially at your age. If you truly have pancreatic insufficiency you may need the creon all your life. Although the pancreas is normal in scans you will need to get the advice of your doctor. Note that if you had some nonspecific inflamation of the pancreas that has resolved, then you may be able to stop the creon. You will need to experiment with foods one at a time and see. ...Read more

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I have chronic pancreatitis stones size is 2 mm at the top of the pancreas. Do I need surgery to remove them. .

Pancreas: You might benefit from extra corporeal lithotrypsie with eventual ercp. You should see a pancreas expert with imaging. ...Read more

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seen earlier for chronic pancreatitis flare. Lipase level normal dr refused admit. Told him pancreas is burned out levels no longer rise. Stillinpain?

seen earlier for chronic pancreatitis flare. Lipase level normal dr refused admit. Told him pancreas is burned out levels no longer rise. Stillinpain?

Other cause: Has your doctor considered other causes for your pain?
Since your lipase is normal this is not likely to be due to pancreatitis, but I would suggest having labs rechecked in 24 hours if symptoms persist.
There are many other causes of abdominal pain and nausea/fever which should be explored ...Read more

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Recurrent Idiopathic chronic pancreatitis cure can any pancreatic doctor make online appointment am 19yrs Hope for online appointment or emai l?

No: I am aware of no pancreatic specailist who will do this online. Your problem is very frustrating and if you are not satisfied with your local help, I suggest that you go online and make an appointment for a complete evaluation at the Mayo Clinic. It will be expensive, but I believe that you will be satisfied that all options will have been explored. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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


Dr. Tri Huynh
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Chronic Pancreatitis (Definition)

Usually is described as a calcific pancreas in a patient w multiple prior acute episodes, pancreatic insufficiency, and frequently a history of alcoholism. Pain is ...Read more