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Doctor insights on: Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer Life Expectancy

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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 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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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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Andreas has pancreatic cancer with no spread to nearby organs. After three rounds of chemotherapy, both oral and infusion, the tumor has shrunk from 4.8 to 2.8 cm. The tumor is not operable due to scar tissues. Is there any other option?

Andreas has pancreatic cancer with no spread to nearby organs. After three rounds of chemotherapy, both oral and infusion, the tumor has shrunk from 4.8 to 2.8 cm. The tumor is not operable due to scar tissues. Is there any other option?

Local aggressive: Some promising results with local aggressive treatment to the persisting mass and regional lymphatics followed by more chemotherapy. We have used cybeknife radiosurgery before and or after a course of chemo radiation to the above described regions with good results. No disease spread to other areas and shrinking mass after couple of rounds of chemo is encouraging. ...Read more

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For three months I have had low grade fevers and extreme nausea every day. For the past week I have had yellow stools. Could this be pancreatic cancer?

For three months I have had low grade fevers and extreme nausea every day. For the past week I have had yellow stools. Could this be pancreatic cancer?

Probably not.: If alcohol consumer alcoholic hepatitis, liver abscess/ amebic hepatitis, hep b, drug related liver disease. Depending on your immune status tb, lymhoma of abdomen, . .....Rarely pancreatic cancer. See pmd first. ...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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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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What does stage 2 to 3 pancreatic cancer mean?

What does stage 2 to 3 pancreatic cancer mean?

Vascular involvement: The distinction between stage ii and iii hinges on the involvement of the arteries known as the celiac axis and the superior mesenteric artery. Specialist centers will treat a questionable stage iii as borderline resectable using chemo and radiation in an effort to get to resection. Seek help in a major center; this is an area where missteps occur. ...Read more

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Can children get pancreatic cancer? How does it happen?

Can children get pancreatic cancer? How does it happen?

Rarely: See this link please for more info:

http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/pancreas. Html
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Where can I pay for tests for pancreatic cancer in the u.S.?

Where can I pay for tests for pancreatic cancer in the u.S.?

Anywhere?: There is no perfect test for pancreatic cancer though it is most commonly diagnosed with a pancreatic protocol ct or mri. Those can be done at most any facility. ...Read more

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What make pancreatic cancer so different from other types of cancers?

What make pancreatic cancer so different from other types of cancers?

Several reasons: Pancreatic cancer has lower survival rates for several reasons. 1) there are no symptoms with early pancreatic cancer, and no screening tests, so it is usually not detected until late stages, 2) the pancreas is surrounded by several vital structures that make tumors unresectable early on, and 3) this tumor causes an intense fibrotic reaction that makes it resistant to penetration by chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What happens if someone has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?

What happens if someone has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?

Need urgent help: All pancreratic cancers are not bad, early diagnosis resection of localized tumor has good prognosis, type of tumor, location of tumor are important and out look is getting better with recent advances in chemotherapeutic agents. ...Read more

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What is an accurate way to find pancreatic cancer early, if that's possible?

What is an accurate way to find pancreatic cancer early, if that's possible?

Pancreas cancer is: Quite alarming because it seems to be increasing, we do not know the cause, and it commonly presents late. There are lesion of the pancreastic duct that warrant surveillance, but for most of us, there are not indications to get endoscopy, and even suspicious washings are not reliable indicators of early cancer. So there is not a blood test, endoscopy, or imaging test to find it early. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of pancreatic cancer and how do you get it?

What is the technical definition of pancreatic cancer and how do you get it?

Many causes: There are many risk factors: obesity, smoking, pancreatitis history, diabetes, family history (http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/wyntk/pancreas/page4). ...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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Why/how does pancreatic cancer cause early satiety?

Why/how does pancreatic cancer cause early satiety?

Symptom of abdominal: Many different Cancers in the abdomen can cause early satiety. It is a presenting symptom for stomach, Ovarian cancer as well as pancreatic cancer (sometimes).
If it persists or you are losing weight, you should consult your doctor without a delay of more than 1 or 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic cancer cause iron levels to increase?

Iron pancreas cancer: 33 M Ottawa: Can pancreatic cancer cause iron levels to increase? ANS: Can recall no biologically plausible mechanism for this to happen. But discuss with your Drs who know you and your metabolism best. ...Read more

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Are there support groups for people with pancreatic cancer?

Are there support groups for people with pancreatic cancer?

PANCAN: The best group out there is the pancreatic cancer action network, aka pancan. Their liason program connects people with experience with pancreatic cancer with those seeking more information. Www. Pancan. Org. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pancreatic cancer surgical procedure?

Can you tell me about pancreatic cancer surgical procedure?

Whipple most common: Surgery is most often performed for lesions of the head of the pancreas, the pancreatoduodenectomy or
Whipple. When dx made by transduodenal biopsy of lesion seen on scan, the lesion has to be well localized, without any spread, even to lymph nodes and can not involve the superior mesenteric vein which passes under the neck to form portal vein. Only 10% of patients diagnosed can have surgery. ...Read more

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What is the probability of pancreatic cancer in a 17 year old?

Very rare: Rarely can get pancreatic endocrine tumors in younger people (not adenocarcinoma) but that wold be rare at age 17. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how pancreatitis &pancreatic cancer differ?

Can you please tell me how pancreatitis &pancreatic cancer differ?

Pancreatitis: Is inflammatory process however pancreatic cancer is malignant neoplasm ...Read more

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What should you do after hearing a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer?

What should you do after hearing a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer?

Depends on: Size, location, stage, cell type. It is a difficult cancer to treat, but you should get opinions from centers that specialize in pancreas cancer treatment. ...Read more

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Is pancreatoblastoma the same pancreatic cancer normally found in adults?

No.: Pancreatoblastomas are a rare specific type of malignant tumors of the pancreas. Most cases occur in children under the age of 10 years. There is a slight male predominance. Some patients can be cured by a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. The disease is best treated when confined to the pancreas. If the tumor has spread outside of the pancrease, (pancrelipase) outcomes are not as good. ...Read more

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Are there any disease processes that mimic the symptoms of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer?

Dozens: All causes of back pain, jaundice, upper abdominal pain, weight loss, and/or diarrhea. The actual diagnoses of pancreatic disease often requires imaging. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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