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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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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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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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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My domestic partner died of pancreatic cancer one year ago and am feeling so isolated living alone with only one friend. Counseling helps. Advice?

My domestic partner died of pancreatic cancer one year ago and am feeling so isolated living alone with only one friend. Counseling helps. Advice?

What you must do: Today's evidence-based counselors will advise you that what you do, including what you do despite it being difficult, is key to changing how you feel. Get out and do things that will cause you to meet people who enjoy the same things that you do. Do this even though it is hard. Your life depends on it. Your physician may also offer you a short course of meds and/or a health check ...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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Why is the survival for pancreatic cancer so poor? Even at stage one I think 5 year specific survival is only 14% or so. Rather dismal.

Why is the survival for pancreatic cancer so poor? Even at stage one I think 5 year specific survival is only 14% or so. Rather dismal.

Multiple reasons: Pancreatic cancer symptoms show up late due to the organ being deep in the abdomen and the tumor is highly aggressive and responds poorly to all forms of therapy. ...Read more

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One of my parents had a pancreatic cancer before age 50, does it mean that pancreatic cancer if familial.

One of my parents had a pancreatic cancer before age 50, does it mean that pancreatic cancer if familial.

No: Great question, this is a devastating cancer so I understand your concern. That being said some forms of pancreatic cancers can tend to run in families (very rare) there are rare syndromes called men 1 and men 2 (nothing to do with the sex of a person, the letters stand for something else) that have pancreatic cancer. Google it, however you may want to ask your doctor about genetic counceling. ...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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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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In general, about how many years can one expect to live when the biopsy pathology report shows T3 (liothyronine) pancreatic cancer?

In general, about how many years can one expect to live when the biopsy pathology report shows T3 (liothyronine) pancreatic cancer?

About 2 years: If the tumor is a T3 (liothyronine) lesion by pathology, and that would imply that you have already had an operation. If none of the lymph nodes showed cancer, then the median survival is in the range of 27 months. This assumes that you undergo all the other recommended treatments such as chemotherapy, if appropriate. Clearly there are some patients that live longer than this, and others that succumb earlier. ...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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If you had to name one or 2 monitoring blood tests for pancreatic cancer would you include carbohydrate antigen 19-9 even with its false positives?

Monitoring not Dx: There are number of chemicals associated with pancreatic cancer. None of these is good for making a diagnosis, but may be used to monitor the progress of disease. However even for that the role is limited due to other issues affecting levels of these markers, including CA 19-9. See this site for more info on this topic.

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079322/ ...Read more

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If one had symptoms from pancreatic cancer. If untreated would it progress rapidly in a year? Ct and blood and stool tests normal but still worried.

If your CT scan: Is normal, and if you are age 34, chances of developing pancreatic cancer is very small. And chances of it progressing rapidly in one year are even less. ...Read more

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Due to kidney stones I have had 2 ultrasounds, 2 ct's and 1 MRI w/contrast in past year. If I had pancreatic cancer would one of these picked it up?

Due to kidney stones I have had 2 ultrasounds, 2 ct's and 1 MRI w/contrast in past year. If I had pancreatic cancer would one of these picked it up?

Whether the: CTs or MRI you had would be sensitive in detecting a small pancreatic cancer would depend on the technical parameters of the scans, so without additional information it is difficult to say. Large tumors would not be missed, small tumors might not be detectable if the scan was tailored for other purposes. ...Read more

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My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at 54, grandmother had pancreatic cancer at 70 and great aunt had colon cancer at 65. No one else has cancer in my large family. Could I have the brca gene?

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at 54, grandmother had pancreatic cancer at 70 and great aunt had colon cancer at 65. No one else has cancer in my large family. Could I have the brca gene?

Very Low Risk: The risk of having a brca mutation can be estimated at: http://www. Myriadpro. Com/brca-risk-calculator/calc. Html. A woman with ashkenazi jewish heritage and this family history would have about an 8% chance of having a brca mutation. Without ashkenazi heritage the risk drops to 1.5%. The best way to know for sure would be to have your mother see a genetic counselor and consider having testing. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer usually life-threatening?

Is pancreatic cancer usually life-threatening?

Typically: The most common type of pancreatic cancer is adenocarcinoma arising from the pancreatic duct, usually associated with a bad outcome. The reason is that, given the anatomic location, adenocarcinoma of the pancreas typically will not cause symptoms until it has developed aggressive features (such as invasion of surrounding organs or metastasis to distant organs), rendering cure unlikely. ...Read more

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Hi 19 years old been having yellow stools for a while now almost all my life recently found out on internet that could be pancreatic cancer scared!!

Hi 19 years old been having yellow stools for a while now almost all my life recently found out on internet that could be pancreatic cancer scared!!

Relax: Stool color is determined by two basic factors. The first is the colorant, which is the bile made by your liver & added early in digestion. It is ultra green. The second is the action of germs in the gut that gradually changes the bile through shades of green to yellow to brown depending on how long your poop takes to go through. You can check with your doc, but are likely normal. ...Read more

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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?

Untreated, 1-2 years: Pancreatic cancer can only be staged after surgery- information provided by a pathologist is necessary to assign a stage. If you have what appears to be early stage pancreatic cancer it would be foolish not to seek treatment since surgery can cure up to 40% of cases, and while big surgery, the risk is low (around 1%). Depending on pathology findings postop chemotherapy may provide added benefit. ...Read more

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Should I be tested for pancreatic cancer? My younger brother died of pancreatic cancer 3 years ago. I am 69 and was diagnosed as diabetic 1 year ago

Should I be tested for pancreatic cancer? My younger brother died of pancreatic cancer 3 years ago. I am 69 and was diagnosed as diabetic 1 year ago

If you want: Unfortunately for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, there is no specific tumor markers available, and no screening mechanism except ct scan, from the information you gave your unfortunate brother's cancer do not appear to genetic origin, speak to your doctor, good luck. ...Read more

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How rare is it for someone my age to get pancreatic cancer. I know rare, but how rare? 1 in 10, 20, a 100, a 1000?

How rare is it for someone my age to get pancreatic cancer. I know rare, but how rare? 1 in 10, 20, a 100, a 1000?

Very rare: It is definitely not 1 in 10, or 20. So it has to be somewhere between 1 in 100 or more like 1 in 1, 000. But this is not going to help you to decide what to do. All I can say it that it is entirely possible, so get it checked out thoroughly till you know that your pancreas is ok if you have the typical signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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Where does pancreatic cancer begin?

Where does pancreatic cancer begin?

In the pancreas: Can be anywhere in the gland itself. ...Read more

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Can I get pancreatic cancer my age is19?

Possible: Unfortunately, cancer shows no limits in terms of what ages it can affect. However, cancer is much less likely in a 19 year old. I recommend waiting for official biopsy results before assuming this is cancer. It will be important to know not only if it is a pancreatic cancer, but also to know what type of cancer. ...Read more

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How do people with pancreatic cancer die?

How do people with pancreatic cancer die?

Body gives out: Cancer eats away at the body and takes away all the nutrition. Eventually u have no energy to function and body shuts down. Some pts die from infection in the bile duct others from liver failure due to metastasis. Everybody is little different. Unfortunately, most pts die from this disease. Death does not have to be painful, however. We have do many ways to helpout and help pts die with dignity. ...Read more

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Who is most at risk for pancreatic cancer?

Who is most at risk for pancreatic cancer?

Cancer: I don't think any doctor can predict who will or won't get pancreatic cancer. I presume a family member or close friend has this. I have never heard or seen that it is contagious. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about pancreatic cancer?

Very bad: When diagnosed is frequently late and incurable.
On occasion will be found early in head of pancreas and removable by pancreaticoduodenostomy WHIPPLE operation. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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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