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If pancreatic cancer was indeed the cause of symptoms (urq disc & occ. Floating stool) wouldn't it be advanced enough to show on CT or blood work?

If pancreatic cancer was indeed the cause of symptoms (urq disc & occ. Floating stool) wouldn't it be advanced enough to show on CT or blood work?

Cancer phobia: Of course. It's human to be concerned about cancer because it is deadly if it cannot be treated, and there's so much misinformation. The "floating stools" of pancreatic cancer are obviously abnormal and are accompanied by obvious jaundice. If "urq disc" means discomfort in the right upper quadrant, look for another cause. If this baseless fear is obsessive, your physician can help. Cheers. ...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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Should normal pancreas on CT scans, ultrasound, blood work, and tumor markers be enough to alleviate my anxiety about pancreatic cancer?

Should normal pancreas on CT scans, ultrasound, blood work, and tumor markers be enough to alleviate my anxiety about pancreatic cancer?

A CT scan: Specifically tailored to look for a pancreatic mass has a very high sensitivity for tumor detection. In combination with the ultrasound, etc..., that should be a sufficient work up. ...Read more

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63 year old Male all blood tests normal except Ca19-9=2314. CT scan=enlarged panc. US=no stones. Can it be Pancreatic cancer?

Very suspicious: Hi. Why did your doc measure a CA 19-9? Yes, the result looks very elevated and suspicious for pancreatic CA. However, I can't imagine a radiologist reading an abdominal CT as "enlarged" pancreas. No mass? I don't want to guess with something so potentially serious. Talk with the doc ordering the studies and get a sense for where you're headed. Good luck! ...Read more

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If symptoms were from pancreatic cancer. If untreated would'nt it progress rapidly in a year? Ct and blood and stool tests normal but still worried.

If symptoms were from pancreatic cancer. If untreated would'nt it progress rapidly in a year? Ct and blood and stool tests normal but still worried.

Unlikely pancreas ca: Untreated pancreas cancer would often lead to death within one year. Also, except in the very early stage, a ct scan should show an untreated pancreatic cancer. I don't know your symptoms, but they are not likely due to pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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If one had symptoms from pancreatic cancer. If untreated would it progress rapidly in a year? Ct and blood and stool tests normal but still worried.

If one had symptoms from pancreatic cancer. If untreated would it progress rapidly in a year? Ct and blood and stool tests normal but still worried.

If your CT scan: Is normal, and if you are age 34, chances of developing pancreatic cancer is very small. And chances of it progressing rapidly in one year are even less. ...Read more

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Worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct scan normal, blood and stool & us normal. Symptoms started almost a yr ago. If it was cancer, would I be worse by now?

Worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct scan normal, blood and stool & us normal. Symptoms started almost a yr ago. If it was cancer, would I be worse by now?

Worry: It seems that worry is the big culprit for you. If your tests do not indicate cancer, then in all probability you're fine. But you should get regular tests to ease your mind. Then you're doing the best you can do, and settling worry is also important to your health. Too much worry can impair your immune system, so practice dropping worries and see a supportive therapist. ...Read more

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Worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct & hida scan, blood, stool, normal. Symptoms started 1 1/2 yrs ago. If it was cancer, would I be worse by now?

Worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct & hida scan, blood, stool, normal. Symptoms started 1 1/2 yrs ago. If it was cancer, would I be worse by now?

Likely yes: Pancreas cancer progresses, and over 1 1/2 years an untreated pancreatic cancer would likely be advanced. Your age is also quite young to get or be concerned with pancreas cancer. ...Read more

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For a month had upper left abd pain just below left chest. Sometimes lower left abd pain sometimes upper left back pain. Occasional gas esp after eating. Floating stool. Took blood test came back normal. Very scared of pancreatic cancer at 22.?

For a month had upper left abd pain just below left chest. Sometimes lower left abd pain sometimes upper left back pain. Occasional gas esp after eating. Floating stool. Took blood test came back normal. Very scared of pancreatic cancer at 22.?

Not cancer: If it was pancreatic cancer the blood test you had would come up at least one abnormal value. You are too young to get pancreatic cancer. IBS at your age can cause similar symptoms. See a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Abd gas and crampy upper & lower after eating. No gallbladder. Ct w/contrast is normal bloods good & colonoscopy normal worried pancreatic cancer?

Abd gas and crampy upper & lower after eating. No gallbladder. Ct w/contrast is normal bloods good & colonoscopy normal worried pancreatic cancer?

Why cancer?: Cancer usually asymptomatic so it would be unlikely to cause symptoms till late in the disease. And late cancer can usually be seen on a CT, so it is good that yours is negative. The symptoms you describe are general and happen with many different benign diseases. Have your MD check to make sure you do not have a stone in your common bile duct, or intestinal ulcer or reflux or other benign dx ...Read more

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Likelyhood of pancreatic cancer in 34yr male with urq disc. Occ. Floating stool? Normal CT scan of abd/pelvis, u.S, blood, enzyme, stool tests normal.

Likelyhood of pancreatic cancer in 34yr male with urq disc. Occ. Floating stool? Normal CT scan of abd/pelvis, u.S, blood, enzyme, stool tests normal.

Floaters are fine: The usual reason for a bowel movement floating is extra trapped gas; this varies with diet, gum-chewing, roughage, how much you talked & swallowed your saliva. When due to fat malabsorption (a much less common explanation) the person is clearly sick; if due to pancreatic cancer you'd be jaundiced. Any further concerns are best discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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If steatorrhea is caused by pancreatic cancer, will a lipase blood test show abnormalities?

If steatorrhea is caused by pancreatic cancer, will a lipase blood test show abnormalities?

Not really: Brother Fadi.
steatorrhea is not caused by pancreatic cancer, but by pancreatic deficiency.
the pancreatic enzyme, and function could be completely normal in the case of cancer.
I hope that answer your concerns.
fi amani Allah. ...Read more

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Is a person with pancreatic cancer predisposed to getting a blood clot if traveling domestically by plane once a year?

Is a person with pancreatic cancer predisposed to getting a blood clot if traveling domestically by plane once a year?

Minimlal risk: There is increased risk of blood clots with many advanced cancers. If your cancer has been removed, then there is little if any risk. If it is active and metastatic, there may be small risk, which can be prevented by remaining active get up from your seat and (move around in the plane once/twice every hour and take one aspirin on the day of the travel to provide extra safety. ...Read more

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Medical Oncology: Is having an lgG4 blood test ever of any value in monitoring pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatitis...: Or an inflamed pancreas, can occur on rare occasions related to increased IgG4 antibody. This is called autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP). High IgG4 levels in the blood may help to distinguish AIP from pancreatic cancer (PCa). However, a few cases of high IgG4 were reported in patients with PCa, so it is not a perfect indicator. It is not used to monitor PCa, but high levels may drop if AIP resolves. ...Read more

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Post Whipple Oncology Operation: Is the lgG4 blood test of any monitoring value for diagnosed pancreatic cancer?

No: IgG4 levels are useful in diagnosis and monitoring of autoimmune disease like autoimmune pancreatitis but not pancreatic cancer. CA19.9 is good for the latter ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer: Oncologist says CA19-9 blood tests are showing false negative (<37)results. How does he know for sure there is cancer?

Pancreatic cancer: Oncologist says CA19-9 blood tests are showing false negative (<37)results. How does he know for sure there is cancer?

Understanding labs: This isn't a "false negative" -- a great many pancreatic cancers simply don't make CA19-9. There may also be too little cancer left to make enough to be meaningful. This is just one of many examples of how limited tumor markers are. I trust the oncologist has his/her reasons for believing cancer is present. You'll need to ask. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hello Doctors, my mum is undergoing chemo (Gemcitabine and Abraxane) for pancreatic cancer. Please advise what food & drinks to increase blood count.

Hello Doctors, my mum is undergoing chemo (Gemcitabine and Abraxane) for pancreatic cancer. Please advise what food & drinks to increase blood count.

See below: There are no special foods - instead, a balanced diet with protein and vitamins would be ideal. That said, chemo patients should be given the foods they feel they can tolerate. It's likely she won't have much appetite. She should try to maintain her weight. ...Read more

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If you had to name one or 2 monitoring blood tests for pancreatic cancer would you include carbohydrate antigen 19-9 even with its false positives?

If you had to name one or 2 monitoring blood tests for pancreatic cancer would you include carbohydrate antigen 19-9 even with its false positives?

Monitoring not Dx: There are number of chemicals associated with pancreatic cancer. None of these is good for making a diagnosis, but may be used to monitor the progress of disease. However even for that the role is limited due to other issues affecting levels of these markers, including CA 19-9. See this site for more info on this topic.

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079322/ ...Read more

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I had idiopathic PE a year ago. Had micro blood in urine whole time. Now fasting blood sugar 107 in morning. Scared of pancreatic cancer as cause?

I had idiopathic PE a year ago. Had micro blood in urine whole time. Now fasting blood sugar 107 in morning. Scared of pancreatic cancer as cause?

Hypercoagulability: Your fasting glucose level is OK. F/U with your HEM/ONC to prevent further clots and to check your labs. You may need to have your medication adjusted if you are having hematuria. Have you had an abdominal u/s or CT scan to check your pancreas? This would be a more accurate test for pancreatic lesions. Good Luck and feel better ...Read more

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If pancreatic cancer was the cause of a blood clot, weight loss and digestive problems, would there be abnormalities in pancreatic function blood tests?

If pancreatic cancer was the cause of a blood clot, weight loss and digestive problems, would there be abnormalities in pancreatic function blood tests?

Pancreas blood tests: Commonly used blood tests of pancreatic-derived proteins (lipase, amylase, insulin, etc.) are notoriously poor markers for cancer given the variety of other things that may elevate them, and the reserve capacity of most organs. So, to answer your question, not neccesarily. Best tests are high resolution CT with specific pancreas-protocol, and EUS with biopsy. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer. Whipple. Chemo 7 months. Tumors in pancreas and liver. Recent blood clot. Pain. New intestinal blockage. Is my body shutting down?

Pancreatic cancer. Whipple. Chemo 7 months. Tumors in pancreas and liver. Recent blood clot. Pain. New intestinal blockage. Is my body shutting down?

Difficult disease: Some blockages are due to scar tissue inside the abdomen (called adhesions), and other blockages are due to cancer growth. A CT scan may be able to tell the difference between the 2. If the blockage is cancer-related, then it may be time to think about a different chemotherapy regimen. But if it's just adhensions, then sometimes an operation helps. Talk to your doctor to investigate further ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer? I had a pancreatic protocol ct/hida/liver, pancreas, CBC blood test/stool test/colonoscopy. All perfect. I still have light/yellow stool

Pancreatic cancer? I had a pancreatic protocol ct/hida/liver, pancreas, CBC blood test/stool test/colonoscopy. All perfect. I still have light/yellow stool

Stop worrying: You have nothing to worry about except that fact that you are still a smoker, which I hope you'll stop. If everybody with light-colored stools consumed health-care dollars searching for pancreatic cancer, it'd be a huge waste. Evidently you're not even jaundiced. Please stop reading internet scare stuff, look for another cause of your abdominal pain ; stop reading internet scare stuff. ...Read more

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28 yo clear colonoscopy and endoscopy, and all full blood work that came back normal as well. Could pancreatic cancer be causing my low abdomen pain?

28 yo clear colonoscopy and endoscopy, and all full blood work that came back normal as well. Could pancreatic cancer be causing my low abdomen pain?

Highly unlikely: Put your mind at ease. Pancreatic cancer is rare below age 45. The pain of pancreatic cancer usually is in the pit of the stomach, not the lower abdomen, and radiates around to the sides and/or straight thru to the back. It may be intermittent and made worse by eating or lying supine. It is frequently worse at night. Lying in a curled or fetal position may improve the pain. ...Read more

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Abd ultrasound 2 months ago normal. Blood work and colonoscopy normal. 25 y/o f. Depressed. No appetite. Ulq pain. Pancreatic cancer? Would I be jaund

Abd ultrasound 2 months ago normal. Blood work and colonoscopy normal. 25 y/o f. Depressed. No appetite. Ulq pain. Pancreatic cancer? Would I be jaund

Not likely: You are not in the right age for pancreatic cancer which occurs in 50-60 year olds, unlikely under 40 years. Go see your primary care and he/she can help you. Low appetite can be due to depression. If your pain in belly is persistent, or getting worse a ct scan of the abdomen can be done to check it all out thoroughly. ...Read more

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Luq pain, colonoscopy, blood work, stool cultures normal. Abdomen not tender. Colicky pain - feels like cramp you get after eating and exercising right away. New depressed.25 y/o f. Pancreatic cancer?

Luq pain, colonoscopy, blood work, stool cultures normal. Abdomen not tender. Colicky pain - feels like cramp you get after eating and exercising right away. New depressed.25 y/o f. Pancreatic cancer?

Not likely related: Pancreatic cancer is extraordinarily unlikely in a 25 year old. Working with an internist and/or a gastroentrologist is important in figuring out what is wrong. ...Read more

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Is pancreatoblastoma the same pancreatic cancer normally found in adults?

Is pancreatoblastoma the same pancreatic cancer normally found in adults?

No.: Pancreatoblastomas are a rare specific type of malignant tumors of the pancreas. Most cases occur in children under the age of 10 years. There is a slight male predominance. Some patients can be cured by a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. The disease is best treated when confined to the pancreas. If the tumor has spread outside of the pancrease, (pancrelipase) outcomes are not as good. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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