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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

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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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

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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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Hi this nagarjun this is wrt my dear friend anupam who is fighting with renal cell carcinoma in advanced stage. No medicine is working. Please help.

Hi this nagarjun this is wrt my dear friend anupam who is fighting with renal cell carcinoma in advanced stage. No medicine is working. Please help.

I'm so sorry: The best drugs for metastatic renal cell carcinoma are pazopanib, axitinib, sorafenib, and sunitinib. If these aren't working, then a clinical trial might be an option. But it sounds like your friend might die, and may already know that deep down. You can help by comforting, listening, and facing this together. It is a profound gift to be with someone at death, just like at birth. Be at peace. ...Read more

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My dad will be given cisplatin for squamos carcinoma cell of a mass removed from neck. Is this medicine strong on him? Pet scan clear of mestatsis.

My dad will be given cisplatin for squamos carcinoma cell of a mass removed from neck. Is this medicine strong on him? Pet scan clear of mestatsis.

Dose is tailored: Platinum-based medication in treatment of squamous cell cancers after surgery, and often in addition to radiation is the drug of choice. Depending on your dad's kidney function, and overall status, dose of the medication can be adjusted. Sister drug to cisplatin is carboplatin and sometimes used. Erbitux is a new alternative, different side effects, not as effective. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, how are drugs used to treat cancer cells?

Can you tell me, how are drugs used to treat cancer cells?

Chemotherapy: Drugs that are used to treat cancer come in different types, but most fall under the category of chemotherapy. These drugs interfere with the cancer cells' ability to reproduce. There are other drugs called targeted therapies or immunotherapies. The treatment type is different for each cancer. ...Read more

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What drugs reduce the spread of cancer by interfering with the cell cycle?

What drugs reduce the spread of cancer by interfering with the cell cycle?

Give us background?: There is always a reason when you pose a question. So let us know what do you have in mind?
Many chemotherapy drugs interfere with cell cycle but it does not help anyone to know about this; so tell us why is this question relevant to you? ...Read more

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Is there any possible cure for cancer that does not include radiation? Is there some sort of drug, cell growth inhibition...Anything?

Is there any possible cure for cancer that does not include radiation? Is there some sort of drug, cell growth inhibition...Anything?

Cancer Therapy: It depends on the type of cancer and the stage (extent of spread) of the tumor. Many early cancers are cured by surgical excision; others, by drug therapy; still others often are treated by combined protocols that involve drug and radio-therapy. Only your oncologist can counsel you on the particular set of circumstances surrounding the cancer of which you speak. ...Read more

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Which Chemo drugs for gastric cancer stage iiB with signet ring cell (SRC) after surgery is/are better with less side effect and easier to purchase?

Which Chemo drugs for gastric cancer stage iiB with signet ring cell (SRC) after surgery is/are better with less side effect and easier to purchase?

Several useful drugs: You should be consulting your oncologist to explain what your cancer means in terms of its prognosis and what options of treatment he/she offers you.
We have 4- chemo drugs that can be used. The one commonly used is Cisplatin often in combination with either 5-FU or Capecitabine (Xeloda). But there are several variations of chemo which have been tested and found useful. ...Read more

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I found onglyza (saxagliptin) may be bad for the pancreas (negative cell multiplication leading to pancreatitis or cancer). Is this drug safe to take?

I found onglyza (saxagliptin) may be bad for the pancreas (negative cell multiplication leading to pancreatitis or cancer). Is this drug safe to take?

Yes if appropriate: There was a huge trial on this drug just got published and no increased risk of pancreatitis or cancer was found. The rate of pancreatitis was 0.3% for both placebo and Onglyza (saxagliptin) group. ...Read more

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Does Decapeptyl drug shrink cancer cells in endometrium lining, or does the Decapetyl just stop estrogen thus stopping growth of endometrosis.??

Decapeptyl: Decapeptyl is available in certain countries for a variety of uses. It's important to discuss with your doctor why it was prescribed and for what treatment. If you have endometrial cancer then surgical and chemotherapeutic treatments need to be discussed
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Does Ayurvedic medicine helps in Small cell lung cancer.??

Does Ayurvedic medicine helps in Small cell lung cancer.??

Adjunct only: Small cell carcinoma is rapidly lethal if untreated by often stays away for a long time with even mild chemotherapy. There are even talks of cures. The ayurvedic medicines or the relationship with the practitioner may be the magic that makes you more comfortable, but it won't touch the cancer itself. ...Read more

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What kind of results have been found using the drug xalkori or crizotinib for non small cell lung cancer?

What kind of results have been found using the drug xalkori or crizotinib for non small cell lung cancer?

80% in some patients: In patients whose tumor has a specific mutation that makes it sensitive to the drug (alk translocation) the response rate is about 80%. That is, the tumors in 80% of these patients shrink or at least stop growing. ...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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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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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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Is the islet cell transplant a solution for those with chronic pancreatitis?

Is the islet cell transplant a solution for those with chronic pancreatitis?

Not at this time: Rx is to treat the diabetes (can be difficult), pain relief, supplemental enzymes, avoiding alcohol, sometimes surgery. ...Read more

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What's the latest on "islet cell transplantation" for type 1 diabetics?

What's the latest on "islet cell transplantation" for type 1 diabetics?

Not so good: We have a long way to go. The edmunton protocol, the latest attempt at transplanting islet cells is not working out as well as we would like for patients with type 1 diabetes.
There are other attempts on the horizon - stay tuned. ...Read more

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Please tell me how life threatening is markel cell carcinoma?

Please tell me how life threatening is markel cell carcinoma?

Deadly: Neglect it and it will kill you by spreading throughout your body. That's the facts. If it has been excised, your chance of a permanent cure depends on the size and depth of extension of the original lesion. Your personal physician can give you this information. I hope things turn out well for you. These are uncommon and you should try to get two pathologists to sign off on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What's non-small cell carcinoma?

What's 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

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What would the life expectancy for small cell carcinoma be?

What would the life expectancy for small cell carcinoma be?

It depends on the St: Small cell lung cancer can be localized to chest (called Limited disease) or it can be spread outside of the chest and involve other organs like liver/ Bone etc when it is called Extensive disease. So you need to tell us if your lung cancer is Limited disease or Extensive Disease? Then we can give you the relevant information about prognosis. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Islet Cell Carcinoma (Definition)

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 ...Read more