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Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer Life Expectancy
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
NO: But with proper treatment you can forestall death ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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!!
Very unlikely: Stool color is determined by diet, bile, and sometimes by bleeding. The most common cause of a lighter stool color, if there are no symptoms, is the food you eat. Do you eat meat? If you have abdominal pain and very light stools, you could have blockage of the bile duct by gallstones or narrowing. Pancreatic or bile duct cancer is very rare at age 19. if worried, see your doctor. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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