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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Islet Cell Carcinoma (Overview)

Islet cell carcinoma is a rare type of pancreatic cancer where this uncontrolled growth of the islet cells in the pancreas. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, yellowing of the skin, and weight loss.


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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. Jan Lei Iwata
2 doctors shared insights

Islet Cell Carcinoma (Overview)

Islet cell carcinoma is a rare type of pancreatic cancer where this uncontrolled growth of the islet cells in the pancreas. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, yellowing of the skin, and weight loss.


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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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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Keep doctor's appointments
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Go to lab appointments
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Keep oxygen up by maintaining low weight, no smoking
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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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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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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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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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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

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