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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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A recent CT scan with contrast revealed two cysts on pancreas. What does this mean? Previous colon cancer and has esld. Also, 6mm mass on liver.

A recent CT scan with contrast revealed two cysts on pancreas.  What does this mean? Previous colon cancer and has esld.  Also, 6mm mass on liver.

Needs attention: Needs work up. Most of the pancreatic tumors are solid but cysadenoma, cystadeno carcinoma will present as cystic lesions need biopsy of these lesions to make sure they are not malignant also liver lesion. If pancreatic lesions are benign could be a candidate for liver transplantation for end stage liver disease (esld). ...Read more

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Can 6mm pancreatic cyst be malignant? Can it cause symptoms? I have one in uncinate and one in tail. Symptoms of cancer — doc says can't be from cysts

Can 6mm pancreatic cyst be malignant? Can it cause symptoms? I have one in uncinate and one in tail. Symptoms of cancer — doc says can't be from cysts

Usually: There are no symptoms of pancreas cancer unless it is large enough to cause bile blockage, intestinal blockage, or pains. Two tiny 6 mm cysts are likely nothing except an incidental radiology finding get an opinion from a GI specialist or go to a major medical center for specialized endoscopic ultrasound testing, etc. ...Read more

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Are there any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

Are there any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

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

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Can you tell me if there is any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

Can you tell me if there is any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

Effective like...: 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

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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?

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

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My grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones. Treatment options?

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

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What is a mucinuos cystic neoplasm of the pancrease (pancrelipase)?

What is a mucinuos cystic neoplasm of the pancrease (pancrelipase)?

Complicated: There are three possible entities to which you are referring. Mucinous cystadenoma (benign), mucinous cystadenosarcoma (malignant), and intraductal papillary mucinous tumor (benign or malignant). All three have certain appearances on imaging studies. They can be treated surgically and if malignant, have a better prognosis than "traditional" pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma). ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cyst or cancer?

What are symptoms of cyst or cancer?

Nothing clearcut: Both conditions can be painless or cause some discomfort or pain. It is hard to tell the difference as they can both produce a lump/mass. Only ultrasound or other imaging tests can make the distinction between a cyst and a solid mass. So go seek medical advice from your doctor who can guide you further. ...Read more

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Is my cancer located only in the pancreas?

Is my cancer located only in the pancreas?

Origin is pancreas: Pancreatic cancer, a cancer that originated from the pancreas. Typically, an adenocarcinoma. Unfortunately, it has a high propensity of metastasis to other organs (liver, etc.) and lymph nodes. It is rare to find this cancer at early/operable stage. Surgery offers the best cure. Typically, chemoradiation or chemotherapy is used to treat alone or in combination for advanced disease. ...Read more

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Could cancer cause a pilonidal cyst?

Could cancer cause a pilonidal cyst?

Not typically. : But in very rare cases a chronic inflammation (like from a pilonidal cyst) can result in skin damage which could turn into cancer. ...Read more

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How serious is stage 2 pancreas cancer?

How serious is stage 2 pancreas cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer: Pancreatic cancer is very serious and stage 2 is very serious. Please discuss this with your oncologist for most up to date info information in natural history, treatments, expectations, services etc. ...Read more

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Could it be testicular cancer or a cyst?

Could it be testicular cancer or a cyst?

Exam: You need a physical examination and maybe an ultrasound to tell. Hope it's nothing but don't put it off. Get seen asap. ...Read more

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Benign overian cyst can turn into cancer?

Benign overian cyst can turn into cancer?

Not likely: Do you know that the cyst is benign? It not possible to know that without removing the cyst and having it examined by a pathologist. Benign and malignant cysts may look the same on imaging. Bening cysts do not turn into malignant ones, and certainly not once those are removed. ...Read more

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Could children and teens get pancreas cancer?

Could children and teens get pancreas cancer?

Possible, not common: There is a very rare type of pancreatic cancer (called pancreatoblastoma) that can occur in children. This uncommon type of malignancy usually happens before age 10 with a median age of 4 to 5. If the tumor is confined to the pancreas, young patients with pancreatoblastoma can be cured by a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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How to tell if its ovarian cancer or just a cyst?

How to tell if its ovarian cancer or just a cyst?

It's complicated: And takes many years if school/ residency and then fellowship training to be an expert in such matters. The answer is beyond the realm of health tap. ...Read more

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Could pancreas cancer be caused from alcohal abuse?

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

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What are the signs that complex kidney cyst is cancer?

What are the signs that complex kidney cyst is cancer?

Multiple features: Complex cysts, vs. Simple cysts, share common walls with other cysts, have solid components in the walls, or calcifications.

The radiologist will opine if features look suspicious and either recommend a repeat ultrasound in 6 months, or a ct to further clarify. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between testicular cancer and cyst?

How can I distinguish between testicular cancer and cyst?

See your doctor: Testicular lumps can be cancer or benign. You don't want to take a chance of misdiagnosing yourself. Testicular cancer can be extremely aggressive so don't delay. Go see your doctor for a thorough exam. S/he may order an ultrasound to determine if you have a mass inside the testicle, but hopefully it is something benign such as a cyst or varicocele (dilated blood vessels). Good luck! ...Read more

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What's the difference between testicular cancer and cysts?

What's the difference between testicular cancer and cysts?

Cysts vs cancer: Cancer is a growth of cells that once it gets started it won't stop. It is usually solid. A cyst is like a balloon full of water. Lots of people have cysts and they are a normal finding. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what are symptoms of cancer of pancreas?

I'm curious as to what are symptoms of cancer of pancreas?

Subtle: Low back pain, depression, thrombi in veins (and maybe not just the legs), new onset of glucose intolerance. Or maybe none of these. Only when the cancer plugs the bile duct and jaundice appears is the diagnosis relatively easy to make. ...Read more

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Is a cyst on your cervix a sign of potential cervix cancer?

Is a cyst on your cervix a sign of potential cervix cancer?

No: Cervical cysts (presumably, nabothian cysts) are, generally, part of the benign, physiologic (normal functioning) of the cervix. ...Read more

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How do drs distinguish between a cyst and testicular cancer?

Very different: A cyst is a fluid filled thin-walled structure without a solid component or abnormal color flow on doppler. Testicular cancer is solid (though sometimes with cystic spaces in it) that may also show areas of increased blood flow on color doppler ultrasound. ...Read more

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My uncle got diagnosed with pancreas tumor is that mean cancer?

My uncle got diagnosed with pancreas tumor is that mean cancer?

Not necessarily: There are a number of different pancreatic abnormalities/tumors not all of which are frank pancreatic cancer. He should be able to get more specific information from his doctors, including exactly what it is and also the expected prognosis. ...Read more

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If person has "bilateral renal cysts", does that mean its cancer?

If person has "bilateral renal cysts", does that mean its cancer?

No.: "Bilateral renal cysts" means that both kidneys (right and left) contain cysts. While some kidney cancers may be cystic, most renal cysts are benign. It would be good to ask the doctor who ordered the imaging study that found the renal cysts what he/she thinks of these cysts and the likelihood that they might be cancer. Every case is unique. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to distinguish between a cyst and cancer/tumor?

Biopsy: It depends on where the cyst is. But the only real way to distinguish between a benign and cancerous mass is a biopsy. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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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