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Dr. Matthew Solhjem
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Diagnosed with stage 1 pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas, i don't want surgery or chemotherapy how long will i live?

Diagnosed with stage 1 pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas, i don't want surgery or chemotherapy how long will i live?

You can be cured!: Stage i pancreas cancer can be cured! but, surgery is a must! if you don't have surgery, it will become life-threatening within months to a few years. Please go to a cancer center where a pancreas surgeon performs many procedures per year. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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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


Dr. Randy Stevens
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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. Joshua Lawson
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What would be the average life expectancy with pancreatic cancer?

What would be the average life expectancy with pancreatic cancer?

1-2 years: This can vary depending on the stage of disease and the treatment plan but pancreatic cancer remains a very serious and highly lethal disease. Many patients will develop metastatic disease and ultimately pass away due to disease, commonly within 2 years of diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Whitman
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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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Dr. Mahesh Allam
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Dr. Fred Levin
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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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Dr. Maricer Escalon
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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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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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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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Dr. Raymundo Romero
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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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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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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. Jeffrey Stevens
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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


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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


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