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Is pancreatic cancer genetic?

Is pancreatic cancer genetic?

A minority is.: Pancreatic adenocarcinoma, arising from ducts/epithelial tissue, is mainly "sporadic", but can run in families. Pancreatic cancer has also been related to brca mutation, fammm syndrome, and some other inherited conditions. The familial pancreatic cancer registry is at johns hopkins. A minority of neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas are associated with multiple endocrine neoplasia (men) syndromes. ...Read more

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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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Is pancreatic cancer curable?

Is pancreatic cancer curable?

Sometimes: Typical pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma) is sometimes, but only rarely, curable. It is usually diagnosed in an advanced state making cure with surgery less likely. If relatively localized, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can improve survival time. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer curable?

Is pancreatic cancer curable?

Yes/no: It's one of the worst cancers and the cure rates are low. It also depends on the stage and location of the tumor. Some early detected cancers with a tumor location away from the duodenum and biliary pathways carry better prognosis than other types. Also, the longer the tumor doesn't give out metastasis, the higher the chance of cure. ...Read more

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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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Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Abdominal carcinamatosis from breast cancer metastasis?

Abdominal carcinamatosis from breast cancer metastasis?

Could Be: You have a known breast ca? Any other mets? Typically, one would expect mets to bone before abdomen. If pathology on both sites is the same then probably mets. If not, possible second primary (like ovary). Good luck. ...Read more

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Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Not directly usually: There is debate about how closely these 2 cancers are related. Both have hereditary natures and are more common generally in obese patients. Both often begin with more benign precursor lesions like dcis for breast cancer and benign polyps for colon cancer. Both are very common but there is little evidence that having either predisposes to having the other. ...Read more

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What is metastatic pancreatic cancer?

Moved to other organ: Metastatic pancreatic cancer is cancer that started in the pancreas and then moved to other organs. Most commonly it moves to the liver. It can spread throughout the body though. ...Read more

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What distinguishes pancreas, liver, colon, kidney, prostate and gallbladder cancers?

What distinguishes pancreas, liver, colon, kidney, prostate and gallbladder cancers?

Cure varies: Beyond the obvious differences in organ and cell type as well as the various treatment approaches, the most important patient difference is really the chance at cure. Early stage prostate and renal cell (kidney) cancers can be very curable. Even really early stage pancreatic cancers can be quite deadly. ...Read more

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Is the pancreatic cancer hereditary?

Is  the pancreatic cancer hereditary?

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. ...Read more

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Esophegeal cancer markers?

Esophegeal cancer markers?

Not for early CA: Unfortunately , non to detect very early stages ca 125 , ca 19.9 , cea will be elevated at later stages, used to monitor the disease. Ca 72.4 cyfra 21.1 being tested .Scca (also for ca of cervix other squamous ca ). ...Read more

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Does pancreatictist lead to pancreatic cancer ?

Does pancreatictist lead to pancreatic cancer  ?

Risk factors 2 watch: The risk of pancreatic cancer is increased in: tobacco smokers, being overweight, workplace exposure to certain chemicals, age >45, male gender, Afro American race, family history, genetic syndromes, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis, possibly H.pylori, diets (rich in red meat, pork, processed meats), physical inactivity, heavy alcohol intake. Best to change what risks you can please ...Read more

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Are cea markers reliable for metastic colon cancer ?

Are cea markers reliable for metastic colon cancer ?

Depending how used: CEA first identified in 1965 by Phil Gold and Samuel O. Freedman in human colon cancer extracts. Thought to be valuable for dx colorectal Ca but the glycoprotein is also expressed in inflamed tissue so that smoking and enema can cause rise. Best used for monitoring so that if present in primary and rises it represents treatment failure and if diminishes during treatment it represents a response. ...Read more

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Can metastic colon cancer cause stage 2 kidney disease ?

Can metastic colon cancer cause stage 2 kidney disease ?

No: Over a 40 yr. period I have only seen one colon cancer spread to renal parenchyma. Stage 2 kidney cancer is due to a lesion arising in kidney parenchyma and does not represent metastatic tumor to kidney. The lesion that does spread to kidney and eventually spreads though very rare is adenoCa of lung spead to kidney. If no lung lesion we are essentially talking about a primary kidney tumor ...Read more

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Is liver cancer hereditary?

It can be: Many factors can increase one's risk for primary liver cancer including: chronic infection with hepatitis b or c virus, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, heavy alcohol use, obesity, exposure to certain toxins, and inherited liver diseases that can lead to cirrhosis such as hemochromatosis, wilson's disease, tyrosinemia, Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, glycogen, and porphyria. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic/biliary duct, stomach, colon cancer or leukemia skip a generation?

Can pancreatic/biliary duct, stomach, colon cancer or leukemia skip a generation?

Variable: Family incidence doesn't mean you will have the disease only that you MAY get it and should be more vigilant. For example colon cancer. Start colonoscopy at age 30 rather than 50, etc.. ...Read more

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Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Complicated question: Carcinoids are carcinomas, usually more slow growing than adenocarcinomas. For information in this topic you may consult this link: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/carcinoid-tumors#1 ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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. Michael Shim
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Pancreatic Diseases (Definition)

32 M asks: What is the definition or description of: Pancreatic diseases? ANS: this is a good google question. I am ...Read more