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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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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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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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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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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

Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Mark Pack
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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