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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Islet Cell Carcinoma (Overview)

Islet cell tumors of the pancreas represent the second form of lesion, the first representing lesions of ductal origin that lead to the classic pancreatic carcinoma, most frequently arising in the head. The second group of tumors, those of neuroendocrine origin arise in clustered cells known as islets and which are mainly benign When malignant they spread with a survival of about 5%


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I've developed islet cell carcinoma. What should I be watching out for in the future?

I've developed islet cell carcinoma. What should I be watching out for in the future?

Difficult to say: Islet cell tumors are rare forms of cancer that arise in the endocrine tissues of the pancreas. They can secrete a variety of hormones, including insulin, glucagon, gastrin, and vasoactive intestinal peptide, resulting in a myriad of clinical syndromes. However, the majority are not associated with a hormonal syndrome, and therefore, yours may have been detected incidentally. I need more info. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Islet Cell Carcinoma (Overview)

Islet cell tumors of the pancreas represent the second form of lesion, the first representing lesions of ductal origin that lead to the classic pancreatic carcinoma, most frequently arising in the head. The second group of tumors, those of neuroendocrine origin arise in clustered cells known as islets and which are mainly benign When malignant they spread with a survival of about 5%


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Are there any new treatment options for islet cell carcinoma?

Yes there are: Islet cell cancers are rare cancers. They are sometimes caught early and can be removed with surgery. This is the best treatment when possible. When they are metastatic, there are many medical treatments for them which can buy 5 to 10 years of life despite tumor being metastatic as they grow slowly(indolent tumors). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Islet cell carcinoma?

What is the definition or description of: Islet cell carcinoma?

Pancreatic islets: Islet cell tumors of the pancreas represent the second form of lesion, the first representing lesions of ductal origin that lead to the classic pancreatic carcinoma, most frequently arising in the head.
The second group of tumors, those of neuroendocrine origin arise in clustered cells known as islets and which are mainly benign When malignant they spread with a survival of about 5% ...Read more

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I've developed islet cell carcinoma. What should I be watching out for in the future?

Difficult to say: Islet cell tumors are rare forms of cancer that arise in the endocrine tissues of the pancreas. They can secrete a variety of hormones, including insulin, glucagon, gastrin, and vasoactive intestinal peptide, resulting in a myriad of clinical syndromes. However, the majority are not associated with a hormonal syndrome, and therefore, yours may have been detected incidentally. I need more info. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatment options for islet cell carcinoma?

Yes there are: Islet cell cancers are rare cancers. They are sometimes caught early and can be removed with surgery. This is the best treatment when possible. When they are metastatic, there are many medical treatments for them which can buy 5 to 10 years of life despite tumor being metastatic as they grow slowly(indolent tumors). ...Read more

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What is an islet cell cancer?

What is an islet cell cancer?

Tumor of pancrease (pancrelipase): Islet cells are the cells located in the pancrease (pancrelipase) that make insulin. A tumor can form there from a degrading of the islet cell into an abnormal form and then cancerous. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have heriditary pancreatitis. Had islet cell done. 2 year out. My lym are high 5.26 WBC 12.7. Is this still within a ok range. I worry about cancer.

I have heriditary pancreatitis. Had islet cell done. 2 year out. My lym are high 5.26 WBC 12.7. Is this still within a ok range. I worry about cancer.

A rare inherited: Condition characterized recurrent episodes of acute pancreatitis. It can progress to chronic pancreatitis. Yes, there is a link to an increased lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer. Are you having any symptoms now? Any screening for cancer done? Like mri, ct scan, ercp, ultrasuound, ca-19-9 level. You should have a primary care physician following you and also a gastroenterologist that know you. ...Read more

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Found a lump on my l side rib cage in the middle, I have vhl a history of islet cell cancer of the pancreas both adrenals don't function, is this lump bad?

Have it checked: Neuroendocrince cancers can spread to unusual sites, including the bone. A familial cancer syndrome puts you are particular risk and i would have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What about neuroendocrine (islet cell tumors)?

What about neuroendocrine (islet cell tumors)?

Interesting tumor: Overally, neuroendocrine tumors are often capable of over-producing hormones that your body naturally makes. Islet cells are cells that are naturally present in the pancreas and produce a number of hormones, most notably insulin. Insulin helps you break down and digest sugars. Patients with an islet cell tumor can produce too much Insulin resulting in weight & gain and low blood sugars. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my wife wants an islet cell transplant. What do you think?

Should i be concerned if my wife wants an islet cell transplant. What do you think?

Weigh the options: Islet cell transplants are performed, and many patients have been helped by them. In particular, to treat the terrible symptom of hypoglycemic unawareness. Like any surgical procedure there are risks and benefits that should be carefully discussed and understood before you go forward with the procedure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to find out if the islet cell transplant is for me, or if im eligable for it?

Evaluate carefully : You need to have a careful discussion of your degree of diabetes, and the risks and benefits of the procedure. Find a local transplant center that does the proceed and go over these issues point by point. Procedure itself, results short and long term, medications needed, their side effects, etc. Contact the american society of transplant surgeons for centers in your region. ...Read more

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Does badal cell carcinoma itch?

Does badal cell carcinoma itch?

Yes it can: Usually slow growth, painless, may fell rough or like a bump. Pearly pink surface. With growth can ulcerate & bleed & itch. See derm please. ...Read more

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Whats non-small cell carcinoma?

Whats non-small cell carcinoma?

Non Small cell ca: Is the most common type of lung cancer, another type is small cell ca (which is more aggressive). Both are challenging to diagnose at an early stage. Please consult with your oncologist for prompt diagnosis, and treatment options. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can merkel cell carcinoma be inherited?

Can merkel cell carcinoma be inherited?

Not inherited: Merkel cell carcinoma, a neuroendocrine tumor of the skin, is not inherited. The majority of these tumors in fact seem to be associated with a virus (merkel cell polyomavirus). ...Read more

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What is a small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma?

What is a small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma?

Aggressive tumor: Small cell lung cancer is a neuroendocrine carcinoma that exhibits aggressive behavior, rapid growth, early spread to distant sites, exquisite sensitivity to chemotherapy and radiation, and frequent association with distinct paraneoplastic syndromes, including hypercalcemia Frequently goes to brain for which prophylactic RT given ...Read more

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Non-small cell carcinoma vs small cell carcinoma?

Non-small cell carcinoma vs small cell carcinoma?

Small cell was: Distinguised because there is almost never a role for surgery, and always a role for chemotherapy. Non-small cell prior to 1980 never had chemotherapy. Both are caused by smoking sclc 100%; /nsclc 90-95%. Nsclc just in lung usually treated with surgery. Any + node gets chemo. If mediastinal nodes are positive, standard is chemo/xrt. Get more than 1 opinion before starting treatment if yo have ? ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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