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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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My sister was dianosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She is taking chemo once a week and a pill. What are her chances of survival?

My sister was dianosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She is taking chemo once a week and a pill. What are her chances of survival?

I'm so very sorry: Hi. You probably know the statistics. Some cures do exist. Did she have surgery? If no surgery, chemo is only palliative. It's an awful cancer, and I lost my dear Mom to it. My heart goes out to your sis and your whole fam. Tell her you love her a lot. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my sister in law was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. she is taking chemo once a week and a pill every day?

What do you suggest if my sister in law was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. she is taking chemo once a week and a pill every day?

Hope for the best: Hi. I'm sorry. Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. She has a poor prognosis, but she might have a good outcome. Consider Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the few decent members of SCOTUS. ...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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Can naturopathy and Ayurvedic medicine cure stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

Can naturopathy and Ayurvedic medicine cure stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

No: If the diagnosis is correct, then they want to play you for a fool. Please forgive my frankness, and call me unspiritual if you want. It is hard enough to have incurable cancer -- harder still to be taken for thousands of dollars by sweet-talkers who may themselves be deceived. If you realize you have been scammed, call your local prosecutor -- i'll testify for free if it will help. ...Read more

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How to cure pancreatic cancer at stage 4?

How to cure pancreatic cancer at stage 4?

Doesnt exist: After failing chemo which all pancreatic malignancies do, a newer approach is using monoclonal antibodies targeting an immunogenic protein, a post translational modification of MUC5ac, to bring the tumor under control. With the proper dosage, added chemo and later the radiolabelled Alpha emitter given sequentially, better results are anticipated. ...Read more

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Which options are available for people with pancreatic cancer stage 4?

Palliation: By the time that these cancers are stage 4, there is not much that can be done that is curative. Chemotherapy (gemcitabine) may slow the tumor down or mitigate some of the tumor symptoms. Radiation may also be used in a palliative manner to decrease some of the symptoms. Surgery is not done as the tumor is too widespread. Finally, an option is hospice care, particularly if the patient is frail. ...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. Linda Callaghan
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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