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What is metastatic pancreatic cancer?

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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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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High bilirubin level and suffering from Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer. Ways to reduce bilirubin?

High bilirubin level and suffering from Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer. Ways to reduce bilirubin?

Pancreatic cancer: High bilirubin from a metastatic pancreatic cancer could be from the blockage and the mets to the liver itself, removing the blockage might help to reduce the bilirubin level to some extent, and response the chemo therapy if you are a candidate for it. ...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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How to cure pancreatic cancer?

How to cure pancreatic cancer?

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 stomach ...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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How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?

How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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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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What is staging for pancreatic cancer?

What is staging for pancreatic cancer?

Tumor size & spread.: Stage i: the cancer is not touching the major blood vessels near the pancreas. Stage ii: the cancer extends beyond the pancreas, or the cancer has spread to a nearby lymph node. Stage iii: the cancer has wrapped around the major blood vessels near the pancreas. Stage iv: the cancer has spread to other organs. Surgery is usually not recommended for stage iii or IV tumors, but there are exceptions. ...Read more

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How to know if I have pancreatic cancer?

How to know if I have pancreatic cancer?

See a doctor: The first thing to do in the work up of a possible pancreatic caricnoma is to visit with a doctor and have him/her take a history and perform a physical examination. If there is concern for cancer, the physician can perform laboratory testing and imaging studies to investigate the biochemical functioning of the pancreas and its anatomy. If those are concerning, then a biopsy may be performed. ...Read more

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What are some signs of pancreatic cancer?

What are some signs of pancreatic cancer?

Pain, weight loss: Symptoms and signs can include pain in the upper abdomen, sometimes traveling to the back, and weight loss. Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes, can occur. Doctors may be able to detect a tender mass in the abdomen or enlarged lymph nodes. Unfortunately sometimes these symptoms aren't present until later. Smoking and obesity are 2 important and modifiable risk factors for pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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Can teenagers develope pancreatic cancer?

Can teenagers develope pancreatic cancer?

Very rare: Pancreatoblastoma (infantile pancreatic carcinoma, reported case and secondary metastatic cancer could happen more in children. ...Read more

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What are the stages of pancreatic cancer?

What are the stages of pancreatic cancer?

TNM: The staging defines tumors by size, involvement of local structures, nodal status and metastasis. Size <2 cm=t1, >2cm-t2, beyond pancreas=t3, sma/celiac involvement=t4. T1/2 tumors with no nodes or mets=stage 1, T3 (liothyronine) with no nodes/mets=stage 2a, t1-3 with nodes positive=stage 2b, any t4=stage 3, any mets=stage 4. Stages 1 and 2=resectable, stage 3= borderline, locally advanced (unresectable). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Depends: Early pancreatic cancer in the body of the pancreas is often asymptomatic or may have vague abdominal symptoms. Cancer in the head of pancreas may present with jaundice. Later there may be pain radiating to the back and symptoms from metastases in the liver. ...Read more

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What are the factors affecting pancreatic cancer?

What are the factors affecting pancreatic cancer?

Multiple: Has it spread outside the pancreas? Does the cancer involve the lymph nodes? What type-- adenocarcinoma or neuroendocrine cancer? Has a surgical oncologist evaluated whether the patient is a surgical candidate? Other than the pancreatic cancer, how healthy is the patient? These are just a few of the factors that affect the treatment and prognosis of pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how aggressive is pancreatic cancer?

Very aggressive : Sadly, the prognosis of patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas is poor, in part because it often presents in an advanced stage. A patient with an early stage may have a fighting chance but not great. Of course, there are other cancers that can develop in the pancreas besides adeno with different prognosis. If this is about you, i wish you the best. ...Read more

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What happens to a person at the end that has pancreatic cancer?

What happens to a person at the end that has pancreatic cancer?

Depends: Patients with end-stage pancreatic can pass in different ways depending on where the cancer is in the body. Often patients stop eating and drinking, become jaundiced and pass in their sleep from failing liver and/or other liver function. A patient's doctor may be able to give some more specific predictions. I hope you or your loved one are comfortable. ...Read more

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What causes pancreatic cancer? What are the symptoms and how is it treated?

What causes pancreatic cancer? What are the symptoms and how is it treated?

Probably viral: Pancreatic Ca is a lethal disease of probable viral origin. The tumor begins 15-20 yrs before a clinical lesion can be defined. It appears in the head where painless jaundice is seen, in the body with symptoms of invasion of celiac plexus and tail with pseudo varices of vasa brevia. Even with surgery for 10% of patients the survival here is 10%. Chemo with gemzar (gemcitabine) and Abraxane used. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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