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Causes Cancer Pancreas
Rarely a Whipple: Only 10 % of patients with pancreatic head ca are candidates for a wipple. Following this procedure the 2 year survival rate is about 10%. A vaccine is now being developed to be given post surgery to prevent this problem of recurrence. ...Read more
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
Can you tell me if there is any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?
Effective like...: ...Curative? The answer would be surgery if the patient is fortunate enough to discover it early. Even then there is a good chance that it will come back. Chemo and radiation may control it for a while but very seldom for a long time. No cancer is "good to have" but pancreatic cancer is particularly virulent as a rule. Hope this is not about you. ...Read more
MRI of gall bladder showed something between gb and pancrease (pancrelipase). Said it might just be a lymph node but repeat mri in 3 months. % chance of cancer?
Should repeat exam: There can be lymph nodes near gall bladder. Lymph nodes can be reactive to infection, inflammation, trauma, neoplasm etc. Observation for short interval will determine whether grows, is stable, or regresses. it sounds like the radiologist was not very concerned. If worrIed I might repeat examination in 6 weeks rather than 3 months. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones ,?
Comfort: No major interventions. Kindness. Caring, listening, loving! ...Read more
My grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones. Treatment options?
No treatment: In spite of your grandfathers clinical condition, the pattern of behavior of prostate cancer after 80 , for the most part typified by an indolent form of metastasis. One uses drugs like Lupron (leuprolide) to reduce hormones but at his age there are probably little or no hormones secreted. Chemo such as Taxol not utilized. Therefore he should live normal expected time for a 90yo without further intervention ...Read more
Surprisingly, no: Pancreatitis is very often due to alcohol abuse and is a wretched and often deadly disease. But curiously, despite how common both pancreatic cancer and alcohol abuse are, there's no really consistent evidence linking alcohol to this dread disease. The link to smoking is indisputable. ...Read more
IMPN on Pancreas.3mm.Stable for 2 1/2 years.They just follow with MRI. Is this definitely cancer? Should it be removed? Would this size cause symptoms
It is Not Cancer: Anything this small(3mm) is of no consequence unless it is increasing in size over a short period of time. We get concerned if it were to be >1CM in size and growing over a period of few months. So you can relax and quit worrying about Cancer. The doctors should consider not doing any more MRIs since they have not shown any change in this nodule(What is IMPN??).Do not use such abbreviations! ...Read more
Could you have cancer on tail of pancreas with just ab and back pain or would it have to affect other organs to cause pain?
It varies a lot: Any persistent abdominal or back pain raises a question about Pancreatic Cancer in the middle aged folks. It does not have to spread outside of the pancreas in order to cause pain. I hope that answers your question. But a check up is a must if the pain lasts for more than 2 to 3 weeks. ...Read more
Are there any diseases that can cause lesions on multiple organs (liver,brain,pancreas,etc) besides metastatic cancer?
30/f. Findings on liver,lungs,brain,pancreas. Stable for 2 1/2 years. Extreme fatigue. Dr's are not helping figure out cause. Cancer? Very concerned.
Multifactorial: Pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma) is caused by the accumulation of mutations in the dna of cells that line the pancreatic duct. Smokers, diabetics, and people with chronic pancreatitis are at increased risk, as are some people with familial (genetic) syndromes. Another type, neuroendocrine (like steve jobs) arise from hormone-producing cells and some are related to inherited cancer syndromes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probable viral: Pancreas cancer starts out as an intraductal lesion similar to breast DTIC (dacarbazine). It smolders within the ductal system for 15-20 yrs before first signs of ductal wall invasion to become an early pancreatic carcinoma. The TAA that are expressed early are oncofetal in origin and are suppressed at birth to reappear in the tumor as the oncogenic protein. Transformation probably viral induced. ...Read more
Yup...: Commonly yellow skin; +/- belly pain; weight loss; new onset diabetes and depression. Pancreas tail makes hormones: insulin, gastrin, glucagon - these cause symptoms. Head/body make digestive juice, and engulf the duct draining the liver into the gut. This is a very nasty cancer. ...Read more
So do we: Pancreatic cancer seems to be a spontaneous event and because it is internal with no early symptoms, is rarely detected until it has spread beyond meaningful treatment. No one knows the cause. There is much investigation being done to provide earlier detection and discover the cause. ...Read more
Unsure of question!: Do YOU have pancreas cancer? That is very rare in someone in their 30s. No one knows what causes pancreas cancer. Symptoms are usually upper mid-abdominal pain near the breast bone, often after eating going into the back, weight loss, loss of appetite, change in taste/smell sensation, blood clot in leg, depression. Early pancreas cancer's best chance for cure is surgery. ...Read more
Pancreatic cancer: Pancreatic cancer (p) is due to dna mutations, and there are three ways that we can damage our dna. We can be born with a dna mutation inherited from either parent, we can damage our dna by smoking, or our dna can be damaged by chance. Risk factors for p are increasing age, diabetes, being a male, being obese and eating a high cholesterol diet and being black. ...Read more
Probably viral: Pancreatic Ca is a lethal disease of probable viral origin. The tumor begins 15-20 yrs before a clinical lesion can be defined. It appears in the head where painless jaundice is seen, in the body with symptoms of invasion of celiac plexus and tail with pseudo varices of vasa brevia. Even with surgery for 10% of patients the survival here is 10%. Chemo with gemzar (gemcitabine) and Abraxane used. ...Read more
Pancreatic cancer: 21 M from LA. Asks: Can pancreatic cancer cause only mild symptoms? How can I know if I have it? ANS: Time will tell. Dr. humor here. All diseases go thru evolution of Sx as does CA pancreas. At your age CA pancreas is VERY rare. Discuss with your Drs & they can help u. If u don't wear your seatbelt start doing that now. Only way 2 tell is 2 take out pancreas. But u get diabetes etc 4 life. ...Read more
I don't believe it: My physician-colleagues disagree among ourselves about whether aspartame is a health threat of any kind, but i've seen nothing to make me believe it can mutate genes. I saw the 2010 prospective study on the sugary stuff & was underwhelmed -- the numbers are small, there's no obvious mechanism, some confounding variable seemed likely. Why not some nice fruit juice instead? ...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