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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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I've been drinking a lot of soda for years, what are my chances of developing pancreatic cancer and when might it happen?

I've been drinking a lot of soda for years, what are my chances of developing pancreatic cancer and when might it happen?

Soda Pancreatic Ca: I would say virtually none. I know of no data that suggests that soda increases risk of pancreatic cancer. More likely to kill you thru getting diabetes and too fat. I have had patients who drank 13 quarts of soda a day. so not certain what you mean a lot? ...Read more

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How do people with pancreatic cancer die?

How do people with pancreatic cancer die?

Body gives out: Cancer eats away at the body and takes away all the nutrition. Eventually u have no energy to function and body shuts down. Some pts die from infection in the bile duct others from liver failure due to metastasis. Everybody is little different. Unfortunately, most pts die from this disease. Death does not have to be painful, however. We have do many ways to helpout and help pts die with dignity. ...Read more

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On average, how long do people with pancreatic cancer live?

On average, how long do people with pancreatic cancer live?

Variable for stage : Pancreatic cancer is one of the most legal of all malignancies as most are diagnosed after they have spread. If among the fortunate approximately 15% that can have a pancreatic resection, up to 20% can have long-term cure but that is only 3% overall. If resected, but not cured, survival is usually less than 2 years. If the tumor has spread at the time of diagnosis, survival averages 6 months. ...Read more

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Recently, the American Cancer Society writes many people with pancreatic cancer live much longer than 5 yrs. and many are cured. Can this be real?

Recently, the American Cancer Society writes many people with pancreatic cancer live much longer than 5 yrs. and many are cured. Can this be real?

That's true: It depends on type of cancer, extent of disease, surgical removal of cancer, response to adjunctive treatments like chemotherapy etc and overall health condition of the patient. In a favorable combination of above factors survival beyond five years is possible. ...Read more

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Are there support groups for people with pancreatic cancer?

Are there support groups for people with pancreatic cancer?

PANCAN: The best group out there is the pancreatic cancer action network, aka pancan. Their liason program connects people with experience with pancreatic cancer with those seeking more information. www.pancan.org. ...Read more

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Which options are available for people with pancreatic cancer stage 4?

Palliation: By the time that these cancers are stage 4, there is not much that can be done that is curative. Chemotherapy (gemcitabine) may slow the tumor down or mitigate some of the tumor symptoms. Radiation may also be used in a palliative manner to decrease some of the symptoms. Surgery is not done as the tumor is too widespread. Finally, an option is hospice care, particularly if the patient is frail. ...Read more

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What is pancreatic cancer?

Uncontrolled growth: Cancer is uncontrolled growth of cells that has escaped normal mechanisms of control that exists in the body to control cell growth and repair damage that may have occurred in the dna of a cell. If this happens to be in the pancrease, (pancrelipase) we call it pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Depends on location: Pancreas is a fish-shaped organ with its head tucked into the duodenum (c-shaped beginning of small intestine coming off stomach). If tumor blocks bile duct or panc duct, causes abdominal pain, pancreatitis, jaundice. If it's in tail, will cause no symtptoms till very large or spread to other areas. Most common: weight loss, mental status change such as new onset depression. ...Read more

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How to cure pancreatic cancer?

How to cure pancreatic cancer?

Surgery is Key: The best option for cure is surgery. About 20% of patients with pancreatic cancer are candidates for surgery. The surgery is pancreaticoduodenectomy, also called a Whipple procedure. It usually involves removing. 1. The head of the pancreas 2. A part of the duodenum 3. A of a portion of the common bile duct 4. The gall bladder 5. In many instances a portion of the stomach ...Read more

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Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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