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Dr. Richard Orr Dr. Orr
Surgery - Oncology
40 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

Probably not: Appendix cancer is not part of any men syndrome. Pancreatic cancer can be, but it is a specific type called a neuroendocrine tumor. Likewise, the thyroid cancer in men syndromes is called meduallry carcinoma, which make up only about 10% of all thyroid cancers. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Uma Swamy Dr. Swamy
Radiation Oncology
12 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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How common are endocrine gland cancers?

How common are endocrine gland cancers?

See Below: See below link: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/endocrine-tumor.

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Dr. Susan Wingo Dr. Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
29 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Why do cancer patients often develop endocrine disorders?

Why do cancer patients often develop endocrine disorders?

Several reasons: As other doctors have noted, radiation can damage glands and reduce their ability to make and release hormones. Chemotherapy can do this as well. Chemotherapy often includes steroids such as Prednisone or Decadron (dexamethasone) which can lead to diabetes and disrupt other hormones. Some cancers make hormones that cause low sodium, high calcium, high cortisol, high red blood cell count, and other problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Jean Yared Dr. Yared
Internal Medicine - Oncology
years in practice
St Joseph's University Faculty of Medicine
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What is the connection between cancer and endocrine system? (ovaries)

What is the connection between cancer and  endocrine system? (ovaries)

Some connection: There are some connections between ovaries and breast cancer as an example: ovaries produce estrogen that can sometimes be the driving mechanism for tumor survival and progression. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What are endocrine system cancers?

What are endocrine system cancers?

Thyroid and ..: Of the endocrine organs, thyroid is the commonest site of cancers. Pituitary tumors while not cancers in the literal sense are still dangerous. Cancers of all endocrine organs are known to occur, e.G, adrenal, parathyroid, pancreatic islets etc. If you include testes and ovaries among the endocrine organs, these two, especially ovary is a common site of cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Lawenda Dr. Lawenda
Radiation Oncology
20 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Is prostate cancer considered an endocrine system disorder?

Is prostate cancer considered an endocrine system disorder?

No: Prostate cancer does produce the protein "psa, " but this is not a functional hormone that we believe has any significant physiologic effect. ...Read more

Dr. Kristel Hunt Dr. Hunt
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
19 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Is the pancreas classified under endocrine surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, or another type of surgery?

Is the pancreas classified under endocrine surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, or another type of surgery?

Pancreaticobiliary : most bigger centers have a dedicated team for PBS (pancreaticobiliary surgey). In some cases, a general, gi or onc surgeon can be the one specializing in it as well. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Can you tell me about pancreas, it is both an exocrine and an endocrine gland. however, if you were two classify it one of the categories, in which would you place it?

Can you tell me about pancreas, it is both an exocrine and an endocrine gland. however, if you were two classify it one of the categories, in which would you place it?

Pancreas: Can you tell me about pancreas, it is both an exocrine and an endocrine gland. however, if you were two classify it one of the categories, in which would you place it? ANS: it excretes enzymes into the gut and insulin into the blood. So both. If it is sick it could be one or the other only. If not sick then it is both. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What cancers can be caused by endocrine disruptors, such as those found in chemicals in products?

What cancers can be caused by endocrine disruptors, such as those found in chemicals in products?

I don't believe it: If you believed most claims about "endocrine disruptors" in the environment as a cause of cancer, you'd be reading uncritically. Real science is utterly cutthroat and if a danger to humans could be proved, it would be by now. Most folks share my skepticism. The original paper in "Science" that got all the press was retracted as a fake. Don't let such fears make your life harder. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Paraneoplastic endocrine symptoms. Neg CTs in 2015&16. Neg PET end 2016. Neg CT Apr17. Will we ever find primary or even is there cancer? Help plse.

Paraneoplastic endocrine symptoms. Neg CTs in 2015&16. Neg PET end 2016. Neg CT Apr17. Will we ever find primary or even is there cancer? Help plse.

Paraneoplast endo Sx: The list of para-neoplastic symptoms is so long that unless classic would not worry about cancer esp with the tests you report being normal. But must discuss with your team who knows you best. Happy to do 2nd opinion and help. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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My daughter's 18,recent blood test shows high prolactin 83.At age 17-high calcium.Good appetite but losing weight,only 6stone now.Endocrine or cancer?

My daughter's 18,recent blood test shows high prolactin 83.At age 17-high calcium.Good appetite but losing weight,only 6stone now.Endocrine or cancer?

Could be neither: At this age with good appetite she can be just be burning more calories, the information you provided is not enough, she might need thyroid function testing too, start with her regular doctor first or an endocrinologist, wish you wellness ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can endocrine disrupting chemicals cause breast cancer? Is it likely or merely myth?

Can endocrine disrupting chemicals cause breast cancer?  Is it likely or merely myth?

I don't believe it: I've been watching these claims for two decades. Fearmongers have produced a huge literature in which everything synthetic is bad for you, especially as "endocrine disruptors", while all natural vegetable products are healthy. Despite the dark conspiracy talk, it's almost all junk science (correlations, huge doses of chemicals on cells / animals) & mainstream scientists ignore it. ...Read more

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Dr. Myron Arlen Dr. Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
60 years in practice
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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

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion Dr. Encarnacion
Internal Medicine - Oncology
31 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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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...: ...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

Dr. Gerald Mandell Dr. Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
48 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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

Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Dr. Myron Arlen Dr. Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
60 years in practice
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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

Dr. Lawrence Hochman Dr. Hochman
Radiation Oncology
27 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can an abdominal cancer metastasize to cause a 3.8mm enhancing nodule on cauda equina nerve roots at L4 level & what is "Neopl. of endocrine glands?

Can an abdominal cancer metastasize to cause a 3.8mm enhancing nodule on cauda equina nerve roots at L4 level & what is "Neopl. of endocrine glands?

Yes : Unfortunately abdominal cancers n general can metastasize and can go to the spine or nerve roots but this is not the most likely picture. Pancreatic cancer is the most common cancer of the endocrine organs. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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How common is a false negative ct when scanning for small cell lung cancer. Weight loss and fatigue present with some endocrine issues.

How common is a false negative ct when scanning for small cell lung cancer.  Weight loss and fatigue present with some endocrine issues.

Very uncommon.: In some respects it depends on how the scan was performed, but, for example, with low dose screening chest CTs, reported sensitivities are generally well above 90%, and in some studies, approach 100% ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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


Dr. Tyrone Malloy
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Endocrine System (Definition)

The endocrine system is a group of organs composed of glands that secrete hormones. These hormones have important regulatory functions such as growth, metabolism, ...Read more