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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!!

Very unlikely: Stool color is determined by diet, bile, and sometimes by bleeding. The most common cause of a lighter stool color, if there are no symptoms, is the food you eat. Do you eat meat? If you have abdominal pain and very light stools, you could have blockage of the bile duct by gallstones or narrowing. Pancreatic or bile duct cancer is very rare at age 19. if worried, see your doctor. ...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

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. Abraham Jaskiel
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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