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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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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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My friend has stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has metasticized to her lung. She was diagnosed 11 months ago and is currently being treated with PEGPH20 coupled with gemcitabine and nabpaclitaxel. She saw her 53rd birthday in July and we are expecting her

My friend has stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has metasticized to her lung. She was diagnosed 11 months ago and is currently being treated with PEGPH20 coupled with gemcitabine and nabpaclitaxel. She saw her 53rd birthday in July and we are expecting her

Unclear question: Your statement did not come through in its entirety. You may wish to restate.
The prognosis for stage 4 pancreatic cancer not good. You may consult this site for information in this topic:
https://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/pancreatic-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/survival-rates. Html ...Read more

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How to cure pancreatic cancer at stage 4?

How to cure pancreatic cancer at stage 4?

Doesn't 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

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Pancreatic cancer, stage 4. I'm on a machine to aid digestion and relieve pain from the cancer. Is my body shutting down? Honest answer.

Pancreatic cancer, stage 4. I'm on a machine to aid digestion and relieve pain from the cancer. Is my body shutting down? Honest answer.

I'm sorry: About your diagnosis. You don't really provide a great deal of information about your overall condition. However, the fact that you are well enough to participate lucidly in this online community, it doesn't seem to me that you are " shutting down" just yet. Hopefully you are receiving good palliative care. It seems as if you are. I wish more good days for you. ...Read more

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Experts, might someone recommend nexavar (sorafenib) for a stage 4 inactive neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer patient?

Experts, might someone recommend nexavar (sorafenib) for a stage 4 inactive neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer patient?

Possibly: Stage 4 indicates that you have net at a site distant from the pancreas or regional lymph node, likely the liver. Not clear what you mean by"inactive", whether you mean it is stable or not secreting any substance. In any case, sorafenib (nexavar) is being tested in metastatic net in clinical trials (http://clinicaltrials. Gov/ct2/show/nct00131911) & (http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/23475104). ...Read more

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Is stage IV pancreatic cancer terminal?

Is stage IV pancreatic cancer terminal?

Yes?: As a rule, stage 4 cancer of the pancreas is incurable. As to being terminal, it depends on the definition. If you mean it will kill the patient at some point, the vast majority of the times the answer is yes. If you mean it will kill the patient right away, it depends on the situation. Never say never, though, some patients have surprised me in the past. Sorry if it is about you or a loved one. ...Read more

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For what reasons won't a doctor attempt a liver transplant in a stage IV pancreatic cancer patient?

Problematic: Generally if pancreas cancer has traveled to the liver, then there is too much disease to expect benefit of a liver transplant. If the original cancer in the pancreas is still present, then the liver transplant will not help. Medications to lower the immune system to allow for an organ transplant will also cause cancer in other sites (such as in the pancreas) to rapidly grow further. ...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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A friend, stage 4 pancreatic cancer, 1yr. Pain, machine controls her digestion, chemo 7 mo, tumors in pancreas & liver. In hospital 3 wks now. Dying?

A friend, stage 4 pancreatic cancer, 1yr. Pain, machine controls her digestion, chemo 7 mo, tumors in pancreas & liver. In hospital 3 wks now. Dying?

Bad news: While no person can say how long your friend has, you paint a pretty grim picture. I am very sorry.
Be with her and help her last days be as good as possible. God bless. ...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.?

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

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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