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Ct scan last summer showed no pancreatic mass. 1 yr later is a mass. Tumor markers high. Biopsy showed scar tissue. Is it still pancreatic cancer?

Ct scan last summer showed no pancreatic mass. 1 yr later is a mass. Tumor markers high. Biopsy showed scar tissue. Is it still pancreatic cancer?

Cancer: It is not pancreatic cancer unless and until to doctor and the pathology lab confirm you have pancreatic cancer. If that is the case curative treatment can be performed and you would need other meds. Hope all goes well. ...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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My son has pancreatic cancer and it has matastized to the liver. That tumor is small and the cancer is no where else. Why not remove the liver tumor?

My son has pancreatic cancer and it has matastized to the liver. That tumor is small and the cancer is no where else. Why not remove the liver tumor?

Thanks for asking!: Patients with stage 4 cancer(metastatic disease) are usually not considered as candidates for surgery (unless it's for alleviation of symptoms). Consult medical oncologist for systemic chemotherapy or targeted therapy. ...Read more

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My son has pancreatic cancer which is also in the liver. The liver tumor is small. They found no other places with cancer. Why not remove liver tumor?

My son has pancreatic cancer which is also in the liver. The liver tumor is small. They found no other places with cancer. Why not remove liver tumor?

Depends: It really depends on type of cancer. Adenocarcinoma is not resectable once outside the pancreas because there are other areas that u can't see yet. If it is neuroendocrine tumor then surgery is an option. Also liver lesion needs to be biopsied or pet positive to reliably say that there is cancer there. Get another opinion. ...Read more

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What would symptoms be if I had advanced pancreatic cancer in the tail and is it possible to feel the tumor in the LLQ of my back?

What would symptoms be if I had advanced pancreatic cancer in the tail and is it possible to feel the tumor in the LLQ of my back?

Upper GI bleed: Tail of pancreas cancers rarely cause pain. Rather as they grow they obstruct the venous output from the spleen from blood feeding the spleen via the splenic artery. The spleen output is shifted to the vasa brevia of the greater curvature of the stomach where varices are formed and GI bleeding follows. Spread to other sites also noted early ie. liver. ...Read more

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Oncology: Can the use of IRE nanoknife for pancreatic cancer result in a smaller sized tumor post procedure? How long to note size difference?

Oncology: Can the use of IRE nanoknife for pancreatic cancer result in a smaller sized tumor post procedure? How long to note size difference?

Yes: The goal of the IRE nanoknife is to reduce the size of a tumor and slow it's growth, usually for stage 3 unresectable tumors. The tumor mass may swell initially after treatment, but should get smaller over a few weeks as the dead tumor mass is resorbed. Unfortunately, the underlying tumor is not cured and how big the mass is on later scans will depend on how fast it grows back. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer: Can concurrent chemotherapy and radiation totally destroy a tumor that is not yet resectable?

Pancreatic cancer: Can concurrent chemotherapy and radiation totally destroy a tumor that is not yet resectable?

No...: Cancer is genetic altered cell and immune system disease.......it is only focally destroyed, systemically suppressed. ...Read more

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Does a pancreatic cancer tumor mostly have a dense scar-like tissue surrounding the tumor making chemo not as effective as it could be?

Does a pancreatic cancer tumor mostly have a dense scar-like tissue surrounding the tumor making chemo not as effective as it could be?

Dunno but ...: Pancreatic cancers present late and that is probably the reason that therapy is not that effective. You are entering the marathon while the cancer is at the 26 mile mark. Very unlikely that you'll catch up and win! ...Read more

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If someone has pancreatic cancer and an MRI was done that showed a new tumor (liver) does this mean it is always cancerous? Does a biopsy make sense?

If someone has pancreatic cancer and an MRI was done that showed a new tumor (liver) does this mean it is always cancerous? Does a biopsy make sense?

Maybe: Every lesion seen doesn't mean its cancer. A biopsy would make sense if you would do something different with either a positive, negative, or non-diagnostic result. If there would be nothing different done in terms if treatment, life planning, etc., twgardless of the result, them don't do it. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Andreas has pancreatic cancer with no spread to nearby organs. After three rounds of chemotherapy, both oral and infusion, the tumor has shrunk from 4.8 to 2.8 cm. The tumor is not operable due to scar tissues. Is there any other option?

Andreas has pancreatic cancer with no spread to nearby organs. After three rounds of chemotherapy, both oral and infusion, the tumor has shrunk from 4.8 to 2.8 cm. The tumor is not operable due to scar tissues. Is there any other option?

Local aggressive : Some promising results with local aggressive treatment to the persisting mass and regional lymphatics followed by more chemotherapy. We have used cybeknife radiosurgery before and or after a course of chemo radiation to the above described regions with good results. No disease spread to other areas and shrinking mass after couple of rounds of chemo is encouraging. ...Read more

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Why are breast tumors imaged with a scanner but colon or pancreatic cancer cannot?

Why are breast tumors imaged with a scanner but colon or pancreatic cancer cannot?

All diagnostic: Tests have limitations, depending on the size and anatomical location of the tumor. In the breast, it is relatively easy because it is an external organ. Pancreas is an organ located deep behind the abdomen in the retroperitoneum, so it is more difficult to image. Colon cancer can be imaged these days with ct virtual colonoscopy, but presence of stool can make it difficult to image. ...Read more

Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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