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Can Getting A Pancreas Transplant Solve The Problem Of Pancreatic Cancer
Transplant for ca: No. Pancreas transplantation is for type 1 dm, usually with a kidney transplant.. If you have pancreas cancer and are a candidate for resection, then this can be accomplished and the pancreas does not need to be replaced. The last thing you would want while dealing with a pancreas cancer is the requirement for immunosuppression, which would encourage cancer growth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more
They don't work: Pancreas transplants aren't used to treat pancreatic cancer. Although it seems like it might work, it doesn't. Why? When pancreatic cancer is diagnosed, cancer cells have usually spread to other places in the body, like seeds that have dispersed. Pancreas transplants are used for people with diabetes, but not as a treatment for pancreatic cancer. We need better treatments for pancreatic cancer! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
First an evaluation: Call one of the local transplant centers in your location and make an appointment to be evaluated. You can contact the american society of transplant surgeons for a center in your area. Not every diabetic is a good candidate for the procedure and you will need careful evaluation and discussion of benefits and risks. ...Read more
Panc tx alone: The majority of recipients get a kidney either simultaneously or before a pancreas transplant, but there is a group that get just a pancreas. Usually for very brittle, potentially life threatening dm1, almost always with hypoglycemia unawareness and frequent emt or er visits. Also well described following total pancreatecomy for non-malignant disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For what reasons won't a doctor attempt a liver transplant in a stage IV pancreatic cancer patient?
Problematic: Generally if pancreas cancer has traveled to the liver, then there is too much disease to expect benefit of a liver transplant. If the original cancer in the pancreas is still present, then the liver transplant will not help. Medications to lower the immune system to allow for an organ transplant will also cause cancer in other sites (such as in the pancreas) to rapidly grow further. ...Read more
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
Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, but if they get a transplant, the new pancreas would make Insulin and the sugars would be normal. It is like having a biologic Insulin pump that works perfectly. It is not a cure, but it is currently the most effective treatment available. The downside: it involves a big operation, lifelong immunosuppresion and is only ...Read more
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