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Is pancreatic cancer usually life-threatening?

Is pancreatic cancer usually life-threatening?

Typically: The most common type of pancreatic cancer is adenocarcinoma arising from the pancreatic duct, usually associated with a bad outcome. The reason is that, given the anatomic location, adenocarcinoma of the pancreas typically will not cause symptoms until it has developed aggressive features (such as invasion of surrounding organs or metastasis to distant organs), rendering cure unlikely. ...Read more

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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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What is the life expectancy of stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

What is the life expectancy of stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

Very short: Stage IV of any cancer means the cancer has spread to the distant organs. This could mean the liver, bone, brain etc. Randy pausch, a computer engineer from carnegie mellon wrote "the last lecture". It is about his experience with advanced pancreatic cancer. I think you might want consider it. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy for a person with pancreatic cancer and who had the whipple procedure?

What is the average life expectancy for a person with pancreatic cancer and who had the whipple procedure?

Lymph nodes: The most important variable for survival for patients after the whipple procedure (provided they survive the surgery itself, and presuming that the cancer has been completely removed) has generally been lymph node involvement. This is generally the best indication that the pancreatic cancer has or has not spread beyond the initial site. ...Read more

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Hi 19 years old been having yellow stools for a while now almost all my life recently found out on internet that could be pancreatic cancer scared!!

Hi 19 years old been having yellow stools for a while now almost all my life recently found out on internet that could be pancreatic cancer scared!!

Relax: Stool color is determined by two basic factors.The first is the colorant,which is the bile made by your liver & added early in digestion.It is ultra green.The second is the action of germs in the gut that gradually changes the bile through shades of green to yellow to brown depending on how long your poop takes to go through. You can check with your doc,but are likely normal. ...Read more

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What can cause pancreatic cancer?

What can cause pancreatic cancer?

Probable viral: Pancreas cancer starts out as an intraductal lesion similar to breast DTIC (dacarbazine). It smolders within the ductal system for 15-20 yrs before first signs of ductal wall invasion to become an early pancreatic carcinoma. The TAA that are expressed early are oncofetal in origin and are suppressed at birth to reappear in the tumor as the oncogenic protein. Transformation probably viral induced. ...Read more

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How can I survive pancreatic cancer?

How can I survive pancreatic cancer?

Survival: If there is no evidence of distant metastasis and it can be resected, the highest survival is achieved through surgical resection (whipples procedure) followed by chemotherapy +/- radiation. ...Read more

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Could children get pancreatic cancer?

Could children get pancreatic cancer?

Yes indeed: The usual form is pancreatoblastoma, a tumor with a different appearance and behavior from common adult pancreatic cancer. It's quite uncommon, with a few dozen cases in the us each year. A microscopic photo of one such tumor is shown in the picture. ...Read more

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How common is pancreatic cancer at 30?

How common is pancreatic cancer at 30?

Very uncommon: Pancreatic cancer is generally diagnosed in patients over the age of 60. Rarely it can arise in younger patients, especially if you have multiple family members that have pancreatic cancer or some types of inherited breast cancer. ...Read more

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How badly does pancreatic cancer hurt?

How badly does pancreatic cancer hurt?

Varies: Pancreatic cancer can produce severe pain due to infilteration of nerves, metastases to bone and by inducing venous thrombosis and pulmonary emboli. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer rare in 25 year olds?

Is pancreatic cancer rare in 25 year olds?

Yes.: But, not unheard of. The typical adenocarcinoma of the pancreas is much more common in middle-aged to elderly patients. There are some other types of cancer, more endocrine in nature, which can occur in younger patients. Make sure you have a discussion with your doctor, who can guide you to a competent surgeon and oncologist, if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer bad?

Are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer bad?

Can be: Pancreatic cancer symptoms depend on the extent of the cancer and can range form minimal to very significant in intensity. Typical symptoms include jaundice, abdomen pain (can be severe), bowel obstruction, weight loss, new-onset diabetes, depression, fatigue to name a few. ...Read more

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How does oleander affect pancreatic cancer?

How does oleander affect pancreatic cancer?

Does not do much: Pancreatic cancer is a tough to treat cancer. Simple solutions like Oleander would not do much good. It can only delay using the proper treatment offered by an oncologist. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for pancreatic cancer?

Surgery evaluation: Pancreatic cancer is a very aggressive malignancy. A surgical oncologist needs to evaluate the patient to see if the patient has resectable disease and can tolerate the whipple procedure. If the cancer is resectable often radiation and chemotherapy is used afterwards to delay/prevent recurrences. On unresectable patients combinations of radiation and chemotherapy offer some palliation. ...Read more

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What is the incubation time for pancreatic cancer?

Long incubation : the incubation is very long for the carcinoma in situ. Why after this period of time the invasive lesion is so aggressive is undetermined. Early diagnosis in the incubation period of time can be made with ERCP brushing where the atypical preinvasive cells can be identified. Usually after 15 years the in-situ lesion transforms and invades the ductal wall into the parenchyma to become invasive. ...Read more

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What is the average prognosis for pancreatic cancer?

Depends: For the 85% or so of patients who present with disease that cannot be resectable, survival is usually 6 months or less without treatment and around a year with aggressive chemo +/- radiation. Surgery with negative lymph nodes has about a 25% 5-year survival rate with chemo and radiation. Surgery with positive nodes - about 14 months average with chemo and radiation. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the cause of pancreatic cancer?

So do we: Pancreatic cancer seems to be a spontaneous event and because it is internal with no early symptoms, is rarely detected until it has spread beyond meaningful treatment. No one knows the cause. There is much investigation being done to provide earlier detection and discover the cause. ...Read more

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My pancreatic cancer: causes, & symptoms, as well as cure?

My pancreatic cancer: causes, & symptoms, as well as cure?

Unsure of question!: Do YOU have pancreas cancer? That is very rare in someone in their 30s. No one knows what causes pancreas cancer. Symptoms are usually upper mid-abdominal pain near the breast bone, often after eating going into the back, weight loss, loss of appetite, change in taste/smell sensation, blood clot in leg, depression. Early pancreas cancer's best chance for cure is surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer: 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 to diagnose & treat. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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. 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