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Can natural/chinese therapy in conjunction with chemo be used to fight pancreatic cancer?

Can natural/chinese therapy in conjunction with chemo be used to fight pancreatic cancer?

Perhaps: Whenever one of my patients wants to use natural or alternative therapy for a problem. I always ask them to show me exactly what it is they are taking. Some things may help, some things may really do nothing at all, but some things may have bad side effect when combine with other medicines. Your doctor can cross check your alternative medicines with whatever they order.

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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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In addition to gemcitabine, are there any new treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer (in older people)?

In addition to gemcitabine, are there any new treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer (in older people)?

Cyberknife: Aggressive local treatment in addition to chemotherapy has offered good palliation of the symptoms and improvement of local control. Use of cyberknife radiosurgery in elderly with advanced pancreatic cancer patients is usually very well tolerated and improves local control and can offer palliation if patient is symptomatic. Gemzar (gemcitabine) alone or in combination with 5-fu mainstay of systemic therapy.

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Are there any treatments for pancreatic cancer?

Are there any treatments for pancreatic cancer?

Plenty of Rx: But only total removal works. Panc resides in a critical area, if ca invades important vessels removal unlikely. Potential to remove improved with chemo and radiorx. If vessels not freed, stomach and liver secretions need to be bypassed to attain relief.

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What are alternative or complementary treatments of pancreatic cancer?

What are alternative or complementary treatments of pancreatic cancer?

Many possibilities: Unfortunately, conventional therapy has poor success. Alternative therapies are controversial but are worth considering- see www. Cancertutor. Com for an overview. For pancreatic cancer specifically, oncologist nicholas gonzales offers a promising if controversial approach: www. Dr-gonzalez. Com a recent study on homeopathic psorinum had incredible results: www. Hindawi. Com/journals/ecam/2011/724743.

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Hello docs, is gene therapy suitable for pancreatic cancer patients?

Hello docs, is gene therapy suitable for pancreatic cancer patients?

Not available: Gene therapy for cancers, including pancreatic cancer is not in common use. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/gene-therapy/my00105.

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How to cure pancreatic cancer at stage 4?

How to cure pancreatic cancer at stage 4?

Doesn't exist: After failing chemo which all pancreatic malignancies do, a newer approach is using monoclonal antibodies targeting an immunogenic protein, a post translational modification of MUC5ac, to bring the tumor under control. With the proper dosage, added chemo and later the radiolabelled Alpha emitter given sequentially, better results are anticipated.

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What is the worst disease a person can be diagnosed with? Low cure rate, fatal, and very aggressive. ALS? Pancreatic cancer? Something else?

What is the worst disease a person can be diagnosed with? Low cure rate, fatal, and very aggressive. ALS? Pancreatic cancer? Something else?

Worst disease: "Worst disease" means nothing without more information. It is time to see your doctor who will take your medical history, examine you, and then possibly/probably will order labs. When complete the doctor will discuss things with you.

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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.

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Are their any natural cures for pancreatic cancer?

No: Unfortunately not. Even with surgery for early stage disease the cure rate is still great. New therapies have improved survival but nothing homeopathic. Hope this helps.

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Surgical oncology: Whipple may be the only cure for pancreatic cancer? But, it is a huge operation with many months of recovery? Go through it?

Surgical oncology: Whipple may be the only cure for pancreatic cancer? But, it is a huge operation with many months of recovery? Go through it?

Depends: You are right, a Whipple is a big operation. Fortunately, many patients have a great outcome and the recovery is generally about 8 weeks, not always "many months". True, if you have a complication, it can take this long. It really depends how strong you are going into the operation, the anatomy of your cancer, and your cancer stage. Talk with your surgeon.

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How to cure pancreatic cancer?

How to cure pancreatic cancer?

Surgery is Key: The best option for cure is surgery. About 20% of patients with pancreatic cancer are candidates for surgery. The surgery is pancreaticoduodenectomy, also called a Whipple procedure. It usually involves removing. 1. The head of the pancreas 2. A part of the duodenum 3. A of a portion of the common bile duct 4. The gall bladder 5. In many instances a portion of the stomach

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Can naturopathy and Ayurvedic medicine cure stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

No: If the diagnosis is correct, then they want to play you for a fool. Please forgive my frankness, and call me unspiritual if you want. It is hard enough to have incurable cancer -- harder still to be taken for thousands of dollars by sweet-talkers who may themselves be deceived. If you realize you have been scammed, call your local prosecutor -- i'll testify for free if it will help.

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How might myasthenia gravies complicate treatment for pancreatic cancer?

How might myasthenia gravies complicate treatment for pancreatic cancer?

IS COMPLEX: Myasthenia gravis affects the connection btwn nerve and muscle, and control is achieved by dealing with an autoimmune process. If surgery is to be done, oral meds will need to be held, and postop respiratory failure may occur especially if surgery requires a neuro-muscular blocking agent. Some anesthetics can worsen myasthenia, chemotherapy may be tough. A skilled neurologist needs to be nearby.

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Which is best treatment for pancreatic cancer?

Depends: Several factors: 1) resectability 2) comorbidities of the patient 3) stage. So depends on the stage. If metastatic, surgery not indicated. If not metastatic, is it resectable? Hope this helps.

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Is there any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer?

Is there any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer?

Surgery: Surgery is the only curative therapy for pancreatic cancer. Usually this will be supplemented with chemotherapy and radiation. In order to have long-term survival the tumor must be completely removed.

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Are there any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

Are there any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

Rarely a Whipple: Only 10 % of patients with pancreatic head ca are candidates for a wipple. Following this procedure the 2 year survival rate is about 10%. A vaccine is now being developed to be given post surgery to prevent this problem of recurrence.

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What effects might myasthenia graves have on radiation and chemotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer?

What effects might myasthenia graves have on radiation and chemotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer?

See prior answer: In brief, anesthesia, neuromuscular blockers, surgery itself can all result in post-operative respiratory failure, with need for trach and respirator. The chemo may also affect the neuromuscular junction. Need a careful coordinated team approach with your neurologist constantly monitoring.

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Can you tell me if there is any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

Can you tell me if there is any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

Effective like...: ...Curative? The answer would be surgery if the patient is fortunate enough to discover it early. Even then there is a good chance that it will come back. Chemo and radiation may control it for a while but very seldom for a long time. No cancer is "good to have" but pancreatic cancer is particularly virulent as a rule. Hope this is not about you.

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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