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What is the life expectancy of stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

What is the life expectancy of stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

Very short: Stage IV of any cancer means the cancer has spread to the distant organs. This could mean the liver, bone, brain etc. Randy pausch, a computer engineer from carnegie mellon wrote "the last lecture". It is about his experience with advanced pancreatic cancer. I think you might want consider it. ...Read more

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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


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What is the average life expectancy for a person with pancreatic cancer and who had the whipple procedure?

What is the average life expectancy for a person with pancreatic cancer and who had the whipple procedure?

Lymph nodes: The most important variable for survival for patients after the whipple procedure (provided they survive the surgery itself, and presuming that the cancer has been completely removed) has generally been lymph node involvement. This is generally the best indication that the pancreatic cancer has or has not spread beyond the initial site. ...Read more

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My aunt died from stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 03/2013. She has an identical twin sister-is she at higher risk? She had the different one than swayze

Perhaps: Only a small number of pancreatic cancers are thought to be hereditary. The majority occur without a family history. There are several types of pancreatic cancer and I do not know what type mr. Swayze had. ...Read more

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Is stage 2 pancreatic cancer in one person any more serious than stage 2 breast cancer in another person?

Is stage 2 pancreatic cancer in one person any more serious than stage 2 breast cancer in another person?

Completely different: Hello, Pancreatic cancer and breast cancer are 2 completely different disease. Stage for stage, breast cancer usually has a better prognosis than pancreatic cancer. There are a few rare exceptions: such as certain subtypes of pancreatic cancer so please discuss this with your oncologist. If you have a more specific question that you'd like addressed, please post it. Thank you. ...Read more

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Why would pancreatic cancer be one of the most dangerous?

Why would pancreatic cancer be one of the most dangerous?

Because of: Anatomical location, early diagnosis is difficult. Also, it spreads early and usually is quite aggressive. That is why it results in a poor prognosis. ...Read more

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How does one get pancreatic cancer at a young age?

How does one get pancreatic cancer at a 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. ...Read more

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Any new information about how much sausage & bacon one must eat before there's a rise in pancreatic cancer risk?

Any new information about how much sausage & bacon one must eat before there's a rise in pancreatic cancer risk?

No: You're probably referring to the recent study linking consumption of red or processed meats to pancreatic cancer. The study is far from definitive. You'll notice they found a link only in men, and not in studies done in the US or Europe. In other words, it could just be a statistical fluke. http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/bjc2011585a.html. ...Read more

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Can drinking soda cause a greater risk of pancreatic cancer? I normally drink about one every day (12 oz). I drink v8 fusion too. What to do?

Can drinking soda cause a greater risk of pancreatic cancer? I  normally drink about  one every day  (12 oz).   I drink v8 fusion too.  What to do?

Probably not direct: Probably it is not directly associated with pancreatic cancer. However, as stated by my colleague here- drinking soda is associated with increased risk for obesity and diabetes. In epidemiology study, obesity and diabetes are related to increased risk for pancreatic cancer and so many other medical problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more