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Doctor insights on: Cancer Of The Pancrease

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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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Is stomach cancer similar to the cancer of the esophagus?

Is stomach cancer similar to the cancer of the esophagus?

Not exactly: Stomach cancer and esophageal cancers are different. But a stomach cancer sometimes can be located right near the esophagus too. The type of cancer cells can be similar in both cancers, but esophagus cancer calls can also be a different type. They are generally treated differently with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and would need different type of surgery too. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lung cancer in the various stages of the cancer?

What are the symptoms of lung cancer in the various stages of the cancer?

No single answer: Cough, chest pain, blood in sputim, shortness of breath, weight loss are all possible symptoms of lung cancer, but are not exclusive to lung cancer. As the disease can spread to other organs, headache, weakness or numbness may signify involvement of the brain, pain in bones may signify bone involvement. ...Read more

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What are the chances of survival of secondary cancer in the liver?

What are the chances of survival of secondary cancer in the liver?

Depends: Depends on the type. For colon, the most common, can be up to 40% in selected cases treated with combinations of surgery (resection) and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Same: With metastasis the distant lesion usually is the same histology -pathology as the primary. So breast adenocarcinomas will be the cell type in the chest- lung in the case cited. ...Read more

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What is the origin of cancer of colon?

What is the origin of cancer of colon?

Colon cancer: Genetic alterations (changes in the dna or ways in which dna is regulated) in the epithelium of the colon (the cells that line the colon) are the source of colon cancer. These changes can occur for many reasons, some of which are genetics alone (family predisposition), a combination of genetics and environment (foods, toxins), or the we don't exactly know category. ...Read more

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What are the stages of pancreatic cancer?

What are the stages of pancreatic cancer?

TNM: The staging defines tumors by size, involvement of local structures, nodal status and metastasis. Size <2 cm=t1, >2cm-t2, beyond pancreas=t3, sma/celiac involvement=t4. T1/2 tumors with no nodes or mets=stage 1, T3 (liothyronine) with no nodes/mets=stage 2a, t1-3 with nodes positive=stage 2b, any t4=stage 3, any mets=stage 4. Stages 1 and 2=resectable, stage 3= borderline, locally advanced (unresectable). ...Read more

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What are the stages of cancer of the rectum?

What are the stages of cancer of the rectum?

4 stages: Stage i is a localized tumor without spread to other organs or the lymph nodes. Stage ii is a deeper tumor, into the muscular layers of the bowel or even outside the bowel, but not spread to distant organs or lymph nodes. Stage iii is a tumor that has involved the lymph nodes, but not distant organs. Stage IV is spread of tumor to organs far from the rectum, such as liver or lungs. ...Read more

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Is cirrhosis of the liver cancer?

Is cirrhosis of the liver cancer?

No, but raises risk: Cirrhosis describes the scarring that occurs when the liver has been damaged by hepatitis or alcohol use. Cirrhosis is not cancer, but it is a strong risk factor for the development of liver cancer. In fact, any person with cirrhosis should undergo regular screening to detect the development of cancer. Guidelines recommend a liver ultrasound every 6 months in patients with cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer bad?

Are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer bad?

Can be: Pancreatic cancer symptoms depend on the extent of the cancer and can range form minimal to very significant in intensity. Typical symptoms include jaundice, abdomen pain (can be severe), bowel obstruction, weight loss, new-onset diabetes, depression, fatigue to name a few. ...Read more

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Which stage of colon cancer involves blood in the stool?

Which stage of colon cancer involves blood in the stool?

Bleeding is not: One of staging criteria for colon cancer. Blood in stool is a relatively advanced sign of colon cancer, as is pain. You need a colonoscopy for early diagnosis of colon cancer. ...Read more

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What are the risk in second stage of liver cancer?

What are the risk in second stage of liver cancer?

Progression : Sounds like you are using the tnm classification for liver cancer staging. The risk is progression, worsening liver failure and death. Liver transplant is the only way to survive. Prognosis & survival can be prolonged by minimally invasive interventional radiology procedures - chemo-embolization, radio-embolization, & thermal-ablation. These can also be done as a bridge to liver transplantation! ...Read more

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In metastic colon cancer do the size and number of metastases matter ?

In metastic colon cancer do the size and number of metastases matter ?

Yes: In colon cancer as with most malignancies as the lesion increases in size the greater the population of mutated cells with varying surface glycoproteins defining different sites of metastasis. With the metastasis alreadyu present each of these cells express a mutated form of mitochondrial DNA acting as immunogenic inhibitory molecules making treatment more difficult. ...Read more

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What are the rates of prostate cancer and breast cancer in the U.S.?

What are the rates of prostate cancer and breast cancer in the U.S.?

Cancer rates: The chance of developing an invasive breast cancer during a woman's lifetime is 1 in 8. The chance of developing prostate cancer is about 1 out of every 7 men. About 80% of men over 80 years hold have prostate cancer. ...Read more

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What is new enlargement of the pancreatic head with indistinctness of the pancreatic parenchyma?

What is new enlargement of the pancreatic head with indistinctness of the pancreatic parenchyma?

Unclear: It sounds as though you may be reporting the results of an ultrasound or a CAT scan. With just this short description, it is impossible to tell you what this represents, but it is very important whenever a new finding may be present to have it evaluated appropriately. You should see your doctor or a gastroenterologist immediately. Do not ignore this, and do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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What amount chances of survival of neuroendocrine carcinoma of the cervix?

What amount chances of survival of neuroendocrine carcinoma of the cervix?

It all depends: Survival of this disease depends on a number of factors. The stage of the disease is very important to know. Stage defines the extent of disease. Higher stage means more advanced disease which means a worse prognosis. Neuroendocrine carcinoma is not very common in the cervix. It is a more aggressive cell type than the more common squamous cell carcinoma. ...Read more

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Metastatic cancer of the lungs: what are the signs?

Metastatic cancer of the lungs: what are the signs?

Location: It depends to location if is bone it cause bone pain if is brain it cause headache dizziness ,abdominal nodes and bowel cause pain. ...Read more

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What is the sensitivity and npv of pancreas protocol ct scan in the detection of pancreatic cancer in the symptomatic patient?

What is the sensitivity and npv of pancreas protocol ct scan in the detection of pancreatic cancer in the symptomatic patient?

Debatable: i am not sure of exact PPV or NPV, but spiral or panc protochol CT is used to detect resectability of the tumor and metastatic disease. This helps doctor to decide what kind of surgery could/should be done. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cancer of the adrenal?

What are the symptoms of cancer of the adrenal?

Variable symptoms: Adreno cortical cancer can cause a variety of different symptoms depending on what hormone is being made (either sex hormones, cortisol or aldosterone). For more on the symptoms (the space here is too short) i recommend viewing the following link: http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/adrenalcorticalcancer/overviewguide/adrenal-cortical-cancer-overview-diagnosed. ...Read more

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