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Can Chronic Pancreatitis Cause Pancreatic Cancer
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
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
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
Is a MRCP scan without contrast of the liver/pancreas sufficient to diagnose cancer, cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis or separate organ MRI required?
Reassurance: This is good and appropriate test for diagnosis all diseases that you mention. ...Read more
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
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
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?
Pancreatitis: Is inflammatory process however pancreatic cancer is malignant neoplasm ...Read more
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
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
If my pancreas is giving out due to complications of sphincter of oddi/pancreas divisum, besides chronic pancreatitis, will I eventually be diabetic?
Pancreas giving out: Potentials for this to happen are very much there. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
seen earlier for chronic pancreatitis flare. Lipase level normal dr refused admit. Told him pancreas is burned out levels no longer rise. Stillinpain?
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
Which is the better option for a chronic pancreatitis (idiopathic) pt with disconnect duct syndrome a pancreas transplant, or tp/iat?
This would: Depend on the individual situation and needs to be discussed with your medical team. ...Read more
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
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
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