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Pancreatic Cancer At Young Age
Don't Know: 85% of cancers are sporadic. When it happens in young patients (<50 yrs) we need to consider hereditary syndromes (ei: brca1 mutation) and familial syndromes. Most likely we won't know why it happened. What's important now is treatment. Speak to the oncologist who will help set a plan of treatment.
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
Possible: Unfortunately, cancer shows no limits in terms of what ages it can affect. However, cancer is much less likely in a 19 year old. I recommend waiting for official biopsy results before assuming this is cancer. It will be important to know not only if it is a pancreatic cancer, but also to know what type of cancer.See 1 more doctor answer
60's: There are 2 main types. What is commonly referred to as "pancreatic cancer" is more specifically called pancreatic adenocarcinoma and this arises usually after age 60, but there are exceptions. The other kind of pancreatic cancer is called neuroendocrine cancer and can arise at any age. For a 23 year old, either would be rare, but talk to your doctor about the symptoms that have you worried.See 1 more doctor answer
How rare is it for someone my age to get pancreatic cancer. I know rare, but how rare? 1 in 10, 20, a 100, a 1000?
Very rare: It is definitely not 1 in 10, or 20. So it has to be somewhere between 1 in 100 or more like 1 in 1, 000. But this is not going to help you to decide what to do. All I can say it that it is entirely possible, so get it checked out thoroughly till you know that your pancreas is ok if you have the typical signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer.See 1 more doctor answer
Should I be tested for pancreatic cancer? My younger brother died of pancreatic cancer 3 years ago. I am 69 and was diagnosed as diabetic 1 year ago
If you want: Unfortunately for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, there is no specific tumor markers available, and no screening mechanism except ct scan, from the information you gave your unfortunate brother's cancer do not appear to genetic origin, speak to your doctor, good luck.See 1 more doctor answer
One of my parents had a pancreatic cancer before age 50, does it mean that pancreatic cancer if familial.
No: Great question, this is a devastating cancer so I understand your concern. That being said some forms of pancreatic cancers can tend to run in families (very rare) there are rare syndromes called men 1 and men 2 (nothing to do with the sex of a person, the letters stand for something else) that have pancreatic cancer. Google it, however you may want to ask your doctor about genetic counceling.See 1 more doctor answer
A mom has pancreatic cancer at age 75. (Her mom died at about 45. Cause unknown). Chances that two 55 year old daughters will get pancreatic cancer?
Very unlikely: Pancreatic cancer is rarely familial, so it is very uncommon to see two members of a family develop this cancer.
Pancreatic cancer t2n0? Stage 1b; unresectable due to age (78), surgical history. Is there any benefit to radiation and chemo beyond added time?
Personal choice: Unfortunately no, then it is choosing the quality of life vs life. Should be left to patient, if chooses to leave it alone, should provide all love and comforts till the end
Uncontrolled growth: Cancer is uncontrolled growth of cells that has escaped normal mechanisms of control that exists in the body to control cell growth and repair damage that may have occurred in the dna of a cell. If this happens to be in the pancrease, (pancrelipase) we call it pancreatic cancer.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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 stomachSee 2 more doctor answers
Highly variable: Each person is different. Much of the early stage of pancreas cancer has no symptoms. May have gradual onset of lack or appetite and gradual weight loss. Later posdible yellow jaunduce formation. Later stage pancreas cancer can cause a severe boring pain from the mid upper abdomen into the upper back.See 1 more doctor answer
Probable viral: Pancreas cancer starts out as an intraductal lesion similar to breast DTIC (dacarbazine). It smolders within the ductal system for 15-20 yrs before first signs of ductal wall invasion to become an early pancreatic carcinoma. The TAA that are expressed early are oncofetal in origin and are suppressed at birth to reappear in the tumor as the oncogenic protein. Transformation probably viral induced.
Biopsy sometimes: Patients with pancreatic masses, elevated ca19-9 levels, and clinical features of cancer can fairly reliably be clinically diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Biopsy should only be performed when the tumor is unresectable, metastasized, or if neoadjuvant (before surgery) chemo/radiation is being offered. Surgical resection should proceed to provide definitive pathology; needle biopsy often misses.See 1 more doctor answer
It may be hereditary: There is some evidence that pancreatic cancer may occur more in some families. Johns hopkins was doing a study on families with pancreatic cancer where by relatives were having very close followup that included ct scanning and surgery if there was suspicion of a developing cancer. I do not know if the study is still ongoing.See 3 more doctor answers
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
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