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Doctor insights on: Pancreatic Cancer Acid Reflux

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Does pancreatic cancer cause severe acid reflux? Or only stomach cancer causes it?

Does pancreatic cancer cause severe acid reflux? Or only stomach cancer causes it?

Either, neither: Can have severe acid reflux without any cancer at all. Anything that causes obstruction to stomach emptying (or blocks the duodenum-first part of small intestine) can increase reflux; this can include cancerous and non cancerous causes. ...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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How can pancreatic cancer cause a feeling of acid reflux or burning stomach? (some people seem to note having these symptoms prior to PC diagnosis)

How can pancreatic cancer cause a feeling of acid reflux or burning stomach? (some people seem to note having these symptoms prior to PC diagnosis)

Very silent: Pancreatic cancer is a very silent cancer, discovered by accident unless it is advanced.
the GI symptoms has nothing to do with the cancer itself, it is either unrelated other illnesses, or the cancer already advanced and start causing problems to the adjacent organs, like liver and stomach.
high level of suspicion specially in patient with family history might lead to early discovery. ...Read more

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Pancreas vs acid reflux==can they be wrong may I have something like cancer?

Pancreas vs acid reflux==can they be wrong may I have something like cancer?

It' difficult: Pancreatic cancer is one of the more difficult cancers to diagnose early. When it develops symptoms such as jaundice and pain shooting to back, it's already late. Common things come first and ca pancreas is not common. The bottom line is if one has persistent reflux worsening with medications or more weight loss, you need to follow up with testing such as ct scan, endoscopy. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux in which I'm taken 20mg omepeazole I'm I still at risk for cancer of the oesophageal?

I have acid reflux in which I'm taken 20mg omepeazole I'm I still at risk for cancer of the oesophageal?

Esophageal Cancer: Yes. If you have any ongoing acid into the esophagus there is risk. The goal is to find the cause of the acid reflux and to eliminate it; not just treat the stomach for low acid forever. Most people have to change their weight and their diets to get better control of these problems. ...Read more

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Does acid reflux have anything to do with thyroid cancer?

No relationship: These are not connected issues. Acid reflux should be treated as it can relate to esophageal cancer. Check with your gastroenterologist about this. ...Read more

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Can Sucralfate be taken long term by patients at a risk of esophogus cancer due to acid reflux?

Can Sucralfate be taken long term by patients at a risk of esophogus cancer due to acid reflux?

Yes but (answer #2): Sucralfate is adjunctive therapy that likely forms a coating over damaged tissue, in theory protecting the area from further injury. No drug is perfect however, so long-term safety and efficacy here may not achieve your goal. ...Read more

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I have on and off chest pain not really severe just annoying. No other symptoms besides chest pain more in the middle to right can it be my acid reflux or worse stuff like cancer in my esophagus?

I have on and off chest pain not really severe just annoying. No other symptoms besides chest pain more in the middle to right can it be my acid reflux or worse stuff like cancer in my esophagus?

Reflux NOT Cancer.: If chest pain is worse with movement, with Deep Breathing, with Pressure on the Chest = can be inflammation called CostoChondritis; Rx with Local Heat and Ice application or Anti Inflammatory medicine Ointment.
If Heart burn after eating or sour taste associated with Annoying Chest pain could be from Reflux. Try OTC Pepcid (famotidine) or Omeprazole for 2 to 4 weeks.
See your MD if not better with above Rx ...Read more

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My dad has acid reflux which I'm pretty sure I have. Help please scared of cancer! What is the probability?

My dad has acid reflux which I'm pretty sure I have. Help please scared of cancer! What is the probability?

Low risk: The risk of cancer with acid reflux is low, but there are other potential complications like ulcers in esophagus, bleeding, damage to larynx (voice box) and aspiration of refluxed into lungs and pneumonia. To address this you should lose weight if you are overweight and see your doctor for medical treatment. ...Read more

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How often does acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? I'm 23

How often does acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? I'm 23

Reflux is associated: With esoph ca, in the 6th decade of life and beyond. The frequency in your age is close to zero. Heavy alcohol and smoking are factors, and over weight reflux chronically in others. Depending on severity, endoscopy and blocking acid production warranted. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause lung cancer?

Can acid reflux cause lung cancer?

No: Acid reflux can lead, in rare cases, to barrett's esophagus, which can predispose to esophageal cancer. This is extremely rare, as reflux is quite common (most people experience this at some point). Reflux is not associated with lung cancer, at least not as a related cause. ...Read more

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Sharp constant pain on left upper abdomen. Is it cancer or acid reflux?

Sharp constant pain on left upper abdomen. Is it cancer or acid reflux?

Sharp pain LUQ: For how long? More likely reflux with or with out H pylori, also could be esosinophilic esophagitis or esophagitis, gastritis or even constipation, rarely pulmnary issues including clot but would have ti evaluated. F/u with doc today as a clot is a major issue. ...Read more

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DID US - NODULE WITH TISSUE' SIZE 0.8 *1.5 CM, VASCULAR FLOW + MICRO CALCIFICATIONS. WHAT IS THE ֵ% CANCER? ALSO HAVE ACID REFLUX ַ& HELICOBACTER-

DID US - NODULE WITH TISSUE' SIZE 0.8 *1.5 CM, VASCULAR FLOW + MICRO CALCIFICATIONS. WHAT IS THE ֵ% CANCER? ALSO HAVE ACID REFLUX ַ& HELICOBACTER-

Nodule: Where is the nodule? Hard to predict want % are cancer. I recommend further eval with your doctor. Depending on the location, CT or MRI or other means could be helpful. If suspecious increases after further eval, biopsy would be indicated. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux be related to ovarian cancer?

Can acid reflux be related to ovarian cancer?

No, not usually: Acid reflux is due to a weak muscle in your food pipe (esophagus). Ovarian cancer has no direct effect on it. ...Read more

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Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Cancer from reflux: Chronic GERD can increase the risk of esophageal cancer by producing changes in the lining of the esophagus from acid burns. This is called Barrett's esophagus and can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This occurs in long term acid reflux. If you have only occasional symptoms, you are less at risk. If your symptoms are chronic, however, it's a good idea to get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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21 years old. Everyday alcohol, ciggerete abuse for nearly 7 years. Severe acid reflux for 2 years. Could I have already developed esophageal cancer?

21 years old. Everyday alcohol, ciggerete abuse for nearly 7 years. Severe acid reflux for 2 years. Could I have already developed esophageal cancer?

Need for evaluation: It is unlikely that you have esophageal cancer, but you may have ulcerations in your esophagus. Have you quit alcohol and tobacco? How much do you weigh? If you are overweight, that would make reflux worse, It would be prudent for you to consult a GI doctor for esophagitis and advice about nutrition. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering I have bumps on the back of my tongue and sometimes my tongue get white and when I eat it feels like I have acid reflux every time, I'm scared I been looking it up and all it's saying is that it's cancer or aids?

Hi I was wondering I have bumps on the back of my tongue and sometimes my tongue get white and when I eat it feels like I have acid reflux every time, I'm scared I been looking it up and all it's saying is that it's cancer or aids?

Bumps are tastebuds: It is normal to have a row of bumps on the back of the tongue. These are taste buds. When you get a white coating on your tongue, it is possible that this is thrush or a yeast infection. With thrush, the tongue is very sensitive to acidic foods. Thrush is more common with immune disorders, but is commonly seen in healthy individuals as well. When this happens in the future, have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Could acid reflux disease causes throat cancer?

Not likely: Acid reflux is not like to cause 'throat' cancer - which I would define as oropharynx. However, persistent acid reflux is clearly associated with a condition called barret's esophagus and the potential for development of esogphagela cancer (though I would consider that 'throat.' if you ahve a history of acid refulx, talk wtih your pcp about the need to see a GI doc. ...Read more

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How long does it take for acid reflux to cause espphageal cancer?

How long does it take for acid reflux to cause espphageal cancer?

Varies: Chronic gerd can cause changes to the distal esophagus. These cellular changes are called barrett's esophagus. Once seen on biopsy, these changes must be followed by endoscopy to look for dysplasia, a premalignant cellular change. This usually takes years, so medical management is very important, and endoscopic survey may be necessary. Speak to your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for acid reflux to cause esphagus cancer?

Many Yrears: Cancer is a rare complication of acid reflux disease. It takes more than 20 years of untreated disease before this complication occurs. ...Read more

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Would it be rare to get oesophogus cancer when only had a endoscopy 2 years ago and all clear no barretts just acid reflux?

Esophageal cancer: Yes, this would be rare -- alcohol is a risk factor for esophageal cancer, as is acid reflux - work to minimize GERD -- small bites, small meals, chew well, drink fluid thru meal; take acid blocker such as omeprazole or ranitidine ...Read more

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Lost 10 pounds (175 to 165) over the last year with persistent acid reflux at night. Face thinner than ever. 31 y.O., 5'11" cancer?

No not really: Acid reflux can interfere with eating well. But it is easy to treat it with regular use of antacids. You can ask your doctor to prescribe a good antacid...Drugs like zantac (ranitidine) and Pepcid are available over the counter but more potent drugs like Prilosec or Omeprazole are highly effective and will completely control the acid problems. ...Read more

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I am going for a endoscopy end of sep for acid reflux no food sticking if they find oeasophogus cancer would it be early stages thanks dr?

I am going for a endoscopy end of sep for acid reflux no food sticking if they find oeasophogus cancer would it be early stages thanks dr?

Wait for results: If you have had untreated GERD for more than 15 years, you may have early stages of esophageal cancer, ie Barrett's Esophagus. Your risks increase with history of smoking, and alcohol use. However, it is impossible to guess what stage of cancer you could be at without knowing a lot more about your history and prior treatment for GERD. If you smoke, quit - and reduce alcohol intake. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have a chronic cough, sometimes clear mucus comes our, I do have a hiatal hernia and occasionally some acid reflux. This normal? Do I have cancer?

I have a chronic cough, sometimes clear mucus comes our, I do have a hiatal hernia and occasionally some acid reflux. This normal? Do I have cancer?

Chronic cough: Can be triggered by acid reflux. Or allergy symptoms. Or smoking cigarettes or inhaling drugs. Or taking a blood pressure medicine (the ACE inhibitor class is especially guilty). Or cancer. But the first 3 are more common in your age group.

And no that is not normal. ...Read more

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I am being treated for colon cancer 11 so far. Now my acid reflux is getting worse and having trouble swallowing. Are they related? B4 chemo ref ok

I am being treated for colon cancer 11 so far. Now my acid reflux is getting worse and having trouble swallowing. Are they related? B4 chemo ref ok

Perhaps: Reflux symptoms can be worsened by anything that suppresses the immune system. Evaluating a patient for problems with reflux and the effectiveness of treatment frequently requires looking from above with an endoscope (esophagi-gastro-duodenoscopy). ...Read more

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Brother at 52 diag. Colon cancer. I'm 47 and have Type 1&2 Bristol chart feces for a very long time. Acid reflux, choking at night on acid chestpain?

Unrelated to Ca: Bristol Classification measures stool shapeand transit time in bowel, unrelated to any malignant pathology developing in the colon. The upper GI symptoms and acid reflux are unrelated to potential for a colonic reoplasm which usually is induced via the polyoma virus entering mucosa and establishing a field effect in which various lesion arise. One should check out bowel pathology via colonoscopy. ...Read more

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22 yrs old. I started having difficulty swallowing & for years couldn't figure out why then found out it was acid reflux&took nexium (esomeprazole). Cancer worrisom?

No worries: Cancer can develop in an area of acid reflux if you do not control the acidity well. So using Nexium (esomeprazole) type of antacids should prevent that from happening. Even when it does happen, it takes more than 20 to 30 years, so you do not need to be thinking/worrying about cancer at your young age of 22. ...Read more

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How long does acid reflux have to occur untreated before it starts causing problems? Like cancer.

How long does acid reflux have to occur untreated before it starts causing problems? Like cancer.

Too variable: It usually takes years of reflux to cause cancer, but reflux can cause other problems much sooner, such as chest pain, bleeding, scarring and obstruction of esophagus etc. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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