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Dr. Debashish Bose
395 doctors shared insights

Pancreatic Cancer (Overview)

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 to diagnose & treat.


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What is the technical definition of pancreatic cancer and how do you get it?

What is the technical definition of pancreatic cancer and how do you get it?

Many causes: There are many risk factors: obesity, smoking, pancreatitis history, diabetes, family history (http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/wyntk/pancreas/page4). ...Read more

Dr. Debashish Bose
395 doctors shared insights

Pancreatic Cancer (Overview)

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 to diagnose & treat.


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How does pancreatic cancer kill the body?

How does pancreatic cancer kill the body?

Spread : Common sites are liver and peritoneal cavity leading to ascites, jaundice, liver failure. Obstructed bile ducts and invasion into coeliac neural plexus can cause agonizing pain. Cancers of the head and pancreatic neck may differ from ampulla or pancreatic tail. The latter have longer survival and somewhat better prognosis. ...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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Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Depends on location: Pancreas is a fish-shaped organ with its head tucked into the duodenum (c-shaped beginning of small intestine coming off stomach). If tumor blocks bile duct or panc duct, causes abdominal pain, pancreatitis, jaundice. If it's in tail, will cause no symtptoms till very large or spread to other areas. Most common: weight loss, mental status change such as new onset depression. ...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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What are some signs of pancreatic cancer?

What are some signs of pancreatic cancer?

Pain, weight loss: Symptoms and signs can include pain in the upper abdomen, sometimes traveling to the back, and weight loss. Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes, can occur. Doctors may be able to detect a tender mass in the abdomen or enlarged lymph nodes. Unfortunately sometimes these symptoms aren't present until later. Smoking and obesity are 2 important and modifiable risk factors for pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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What should you do after hearing a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer?

What should you do after hearing a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer?

Depends on: Size, location, stage, cell type. It is a difficult cancer to treat, but you should get opinions from centers that specialize in pancreas cancer treatment. ...Read more

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Which test is better for diagnosing pancreas insufficiency: stool panc elastase or serum lipase/amylase? Would either diagnose pancreatic cancer?

Both together: Neither of the tests alone tells much. A combination of tests and exams will lead to diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is not able to be ruled out by any test or imaging study. It can only be absolutely proven by some form of biopsy. A ct guided needle or egd with brushing a may be the only way to find it. ...Read more

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How do they test for pancreatic cancer?

How do they test for pancreatic cancer?

CT, EUS, MRI, biopsy: This can be difficult to diagnose, but the most common methods are by a ct or MRI scan. Also endoscopic ultrasound (eus) can be used to obtain a sample of the tissue (a biopsy). ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
4,214 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Patricia Foster
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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