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Cyst On Pancreas Is It Cancer
My friend was diagnosed with ipmn in her pancreas. There are several cysts and lesions but no cancer. What would happen if one of her lesions or cyst were to leak. She is now running a fever every day and feeling sick all over. She has an appt. On the 15th
Unlikely to be relat: Pancreatic cysts rarely leak. When they do, they cause more pain and nausea rather than fevers. ...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
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
I have a precancerous pancreatic cyst in the head portion. There is a history of pancreatic cancer in my family. What should my next step be?
Consult with: A gastroenterologist and surgical oncologist for their opinions. ...Read more
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
Possible to have pancreatic cancer not show on CT MRI & eus? Symptoms for a year but scans & ca19-9 negative. Only 6mm simple cysts seen (no biopsy).
Possible: Possible but seems very unlikely at this point. A biopsy may give you an answer and peace of mind. ...Read more
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
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,?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No: Cervical cysts (presumably, nabothian cysts) are, generally, part of the benign, physiologic (normal functioning) of the cervix. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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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