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If pancreatic cancer was indeed the cause of symptoms (urq disc & occ. Floating stool) wouldn't it be advanced enough to show on CT or blood work?

If pancreatic cancer was indeed the cause of symptoms (urq disc & occ. Floating stool) wouldn't it be advanced enough to show on CT or blood work?

Cancer phobia: Of course. It's human to be concerned about cancer because it is deadly if it cannot be treated, and there's so much misinformation. The "floating stools" of pancreatic cancer are obviously abnormal and are accompanied by obvious jaundice. If "urq disc" means discomfort in the right upper quadrant, look for another cause. If this baseless fear is obsessive, your physician can help. Cheers. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Frequent floating stools that leave a clear haze on toilet water. Normal ct, colonoscopy, stool & 72hr fat test. Can I relax about pancreatic cancer?

Frequent floating stools that leave a clear haze on toilet water. Normal ct, colonoscopy, stool & 72hr fat test. Can I relax about pancreatic cancer?

I think so.: Given your age and the test that have been done already it would seem that pancreatic cancer is unlikely. Most common presentation of pancreatic cancer is painless jaundice (yellow eyeballs). Could be diet related. A nutrition consult with a food diary could be useful to determine the possible contributing factor. ...Read more

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Does it stand to reason that floating stool in the absence of fat malabsorption (normal CT scan and 72hr fat test isn't be caused by pancreatic cancer?

Does it stand to reason that floating stool in the absence of fat malabsorption (normal CT scan and 72hr fat test isn't be caused by pancreatic cancer?

Floaters: 99% of floating stools are caused by trapped gas. This is the truth in spite of what you might pick up from 'pop' accounts. It happens to me if I chew gum. Congratulations on not using tobacco. Keep an eye on the stomach issues -- and if the pain changes, consider a check once again. And if you have malabsorption or maldigestion, it's much less subtle than just a floating stool. ...Read more

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Likelyhood of pancreatic cancer in 34yr male with urq disc. Occ. Floating stool? Normal CT scan of abd/pelvis, u.S, blood, enzyme, stool tests normal.

Likelyhood of pancreatic cancer in 34yr male with urq disc. Occ. Floating stool? Normal CT scan of abd/pelvis, u.S, blood, enzyme, stool tests normal.

Floaters are fine: The usual reason for a bowel movement floating is extra trapped gas; this varies with diet, gum-chewing, roughage, how much you talked & swallowed your saliva. When due to fat malabsorption (a much less common explanation) the person is clearly sick; if due to pancreatic cancer you'd be jaundiced. Any further concerns are best discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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I'm 34 w urq disc.&occ floating stool. Normal stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, u.S, hida scan, endoscopy=gerd/gast. Can I relax about pancreatic cancer?

I'm 34 w urq disc.&occ floating stool. Normal stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, u.S, hida scan, endoscopy=gerd/gast. Can I relax about pancreatic cancer?

Yes, you can: You mentioned nothing suspicious for pancreatic cancer. A normal ct scan is encouraging but is not 100% accurate. If there are suspicious symptoms or chances on a ct scan, a normal ca-19.9 (a blood test that is nearly specific for pancreatic cancer) would be reassuring. ...Read more

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Should I worry about pancreatic cancer? Urq disc.&occ floating stool. Normal stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, u.S., hida scan, endoscopy=gerd/gast. I'm 34

Probably not: It appears that all test are normal except for the egd or endoscopy showing gastritis. Assuming normal blood workup as well, I would say that it is not likely that you have pancreatic cancer. My suggestion is that you sit down with your doctor and discuss all tests results and treatment plan. Good luck! ...Read more

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Been having white globs in my stool that float. What could cause besides pancreatic cancer? Could it be cancer? I had pancreatitis a few years ago.

Been having white globs in my stool that float. What could cause besides pancreatic cancer? Could it be cancer? I had pancreatitis a few years ago.

Doubt its cancer: Floating stool without much color usually indicates poor absorption of fat from your diet. A poorly functioning gallbladder, pancreas or small intestine can be involved. While pancreas cancer can cause such symptoms this is not the usual way cancer is found and 29 is a bit young for pancreas cancer but you should see your doctor to get the other issues on the list checked. ...Read more

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I am being evaluated for pancreatic cancer. My stool can ocasionally be yellow. But usualy brown. If yellow is not continuous can this still be tumor?

I am being evaluated for pancreatic cancer. My stool can ocasionally be yellow. But usualy brown. If yellow is not continuous can this still be tumor?

Yes it can be: Yes it can be but you say you are being evaluated but diagnosis is not confitmed. You have to wait for all tests to be completed, but you can have brown stools if you have pancreatic tumor. ...Read more

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If stool floats but sinks if broken into smaller pieces or squished, is that fat making it float or is that gas being released? Scared pancreatic cancer

If stool floats but sinks if broken into smaller pieces or squished, is that fat making it float or is that gas being released? Scared pancreatic cancer

FOrget it: It depends upon the gas content of the stool. Forget about it and pay attention to more important things in your life. "floaters" don't mean cancer, so relax. ...Read more

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Is clear oily residue on top of the water after a bowel movement a symptom of pancreatic cancer?

Is clear oily residue on top of the water after a bowel movement a symptom of pancreatic cancer?

Not necessarily: However if it is a chronic issue, you should check with a doctor re. Fat malabsorption issues. ...Read more

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Which test is better for diagnosing pancreas insufficiency: stool panc elastase or serum lipase/amylase? Would either diagnose pancreatic cancer?

Which test is better for diagnosing pancreas insufficiency: stool panc elastase or serum lipase/amylase? Would either diagnose pancreatic cancer?

Both together: Neither of the tests alone tells much. A combination of tests and exams will lead to diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is not able to be ruled out by any test or imaging study. It can only be absolutely proven by some form of biopsy. A ct guided needle or egd with brushing a may be the only way to find it. ...Read more

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If symptoms were from pancreatic cancer. If untreated would'nt it progress rapidly in a year? Ct and blood and stool tests normal but still worried.

If symptoms were from pancreatic cancer. If untreated would'nt it progress rapidly in a year? Ct and blood and stool tests normal but still worried.

Unlikely pancreas ca: Untreated pancreas cancer would often lead to death within one year. Also, except in the very early stage, a ct scan should show an untreated pancreatic cancer. I don't know your symptoms, but they are not likely due to pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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If one had symptoms from pancreatic cancer. If untreated would it progress rapidly in a year? Ct and blood and stool tests normal but still worried.

If one had symptoms from pancreatic cancer. If untreated would it progress rapidly in a year? Ct and blood and stool tests normal but still worried.

If your CT scan: Is normal, and if you are age 34, chances of developing pancreatic cancer is very small. And chances of it progressing rapidly in one year are even less. ...Read more

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Worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct scan normal, blood and stool & us normal. Symptoms started almost a yr ago. If it was cancer, would I be worse by now?

Worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct scan normal, blood and stool & us normal. Symptoms started almost a yr ago. If it was cancer, would I be worse by now?

Worry: It seems that worry is the big culprit for you. If your tests do not indicate cancer, then in all probability you're fine. But you should get regular tests to ease your mind. Then you're doing the best you can do, and settling worry is also important to your health. Too much worry can impair your immune system, so practice dropping worries and see a supportive therapist. ...Read more

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I've gad yellow stool for about a week now. My mother died from pancreatic cancer and this scares me?

I've gad yellow stool for about a week now. My mother died from pancreatic cancer and this scares me?

Blood test: You should definitely have a metabolic screen done to make sure there is no increase in bilirubin causing the change in color., but there are many other causes such as diet or pill injestion that can cause a change in stool color. ...Read more

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Worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct & hida scan, blood, stool, normal. Symptoms started 1 1/2 yrs ago. If it was cancer, would I be worse by now?

Worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct & hida scan, blood, stool, normal. Symptoms started 1 1/2 yrs ago. If it was cancer, would I be worse by now?

Likely yes: Pancreas cancer progresses, and over 1 1/2 years an untreated pancreatic cancer would likely be advanced. Your age is also quite young to get or be concerned with pancreas cancer. ...Read more

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An adolescent has frequent yellow/pale stool. Could this be caused by anxiety/IBS? Pancreatic cancer?

An adolescent has frequent yellow/pale stool. Could this be caused by anxiety/IBS? Pancreatic cancer?

The answer to...: ...your question is Yes and Yes, although the likelihood of pancreatic cancer here is very low. Reassurance & appropriate treatment are easy to obtain--call your doctor for examination and directed lab studies please. ...Read more

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Scared of pancreatic cancer. I had chest pains a few months ago with a lack of appetite. No longer have those symptoms but I have pale stool. Helpim26?

Scared of pancreatic cancer. I had chest pains a few months ago with a lack of appetite. No longer have those symptoms but I have pale stool. Helpim26?

Not pancreatic CA: The pale stool of pancreatic cancer is obviously very, very abnormal. It looks like gray clay from the ground, and you'll also be jaundiced -- go look at your eyes in the sunlight. At age 26, your chance of having common pancreatic cancer is basically zero. You need to be enjoying your youth, building your career, developing skills, building muscle & aerobic fitness. Focus on this & you'll be good ...Read more

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I have pancreatic cancer and stay constipated from all the pain meds. I prescribed a liquid stool softener to take twice a day by peg tube. Is better?

I have pancreatic cancer and stay constipated from all the pain meds. I prescribed a liquid stool softener to take twice a day by peg tube. Is better?

No pancreatin: Proper digestion of food requires secretion of pancreatic juice which is then activated by bile. If no surgery, then ducts are blocked and pancreatin by mouth and bile juice or salts delivered by mouth will help digestion. Stool softeners like Colace also help. Newer mAbs in trial will help open ducts after targeting mutated MUC5ac. ...Read more

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Dark yellow/orange loose stool. Gas, upper left abd/up left back pain. Sometimes lower left pain. Panicking about pancreatic cancer. Very stressed?

Cancer unlikely: You are at very low risk for pancreatic cancer at your age.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer? I had a pancreatic protocol ct/hida/liver, pancreas, CBC blood test/stool test/colonoscopy. All perfect. I still have light/yellow stool

Pancreatic cancer? I had a pancreatic protocol ct/hida/liver, pancreas, CBC blood test/stool test/colonoscopy. All perfect. I still have light/yellow stool

Stop worrying: You have nothing to worry about except that fact that you are still a smoker, which I hope you'll stop. If everybody with light-colored stools consumed health-care dollars searching for pancreatic cancer, it'd be a huge waste. Evidently you're not even jaundiced. Please stop reading internet scare stuff, look for another cause of your abdominal pain ; stop reading internet scare stuff. ...Read more

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If I have pain in my abdomen, dowd that mean I might have pancreatic cancer?

If I have pain in my abdomen, dowd that mean I might have pancreatic cancer?

Very very unlikely: There are many things that can cause abdominal pain other than pancreatic cancer. Additionally, pancreatic cancer is very rare and even rarer in a 31yo. ...Read more

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What does stage 2 to 3 pancreatic cancer mean?

What does stage 2 to 3 pancreatic cancer mean?

Vascular involvement: The distinction between stage ii and iii hinges on the involvement of the arteries known as the celiac axis and the superior mesenteric artery. Specialist centers will treat a questionable stage iii as borderline resectable using chemo and radiation in an effort to get to resection. Seek help in a major center; this is an area where missteps occur. ...Read more

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


Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

Fast growing abnormal cells that are difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing ...Read more