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Doctor insights on: Stage 1 Pancreatic Cancer Life Expectancy

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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. 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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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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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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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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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

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. Cornelius O'leary 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