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Doctor insights on: Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate

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Dr. Debashish Bose
376 doctors shared insights

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


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Which disease has a higher survival rate? Ovarian or pancreatic cancer

Which disease has a higher survival rate? Ovarian or pancreatic cancer

Ovarian usually: Ovarian cancers generally have a better survival then pancreatic tumors but there are several factors to consider the stage at time of surgery, the cell type of the cancer, the response to chemotherapy and of course, the underlying health of the patient. ...Read more

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What ais the survival rate from pancreatic cancer after a whipple procedure?

What ais the survival rate from pancreatic cancer after a whipple procedure?

10%: If a patient is a candidate for a Whipple, meaning no nodes or spread of tumor at the 1-2yr interval the survival is 10%. This may change since new immunothrapeutics are being developed. It will require a vaccine which turns on humoral immunity to produce the necessary monoclonals to prevent recurrent. The vaccine has been developed for tumor specific protein and not GVAX ...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 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 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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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more