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Symptoms Of Pancreas Cancer
Can you please tell me what are are the symptoms for pancreas cancer and if the patient is diabete?
Varies...: From no symptoms at all (pancreas is in a clinically quiet part of the body) to pain (dull, achy, persistent, boring into back), itch, jaundice (yellow skin, eyes), diarrhea, weight loss, blood clots, new onset diabetes, other. Can depend on location of the tumor, extent of the tumor. Can have extensive disease before any symptoms might show. May or not be diabetes. Bad disease. ...Read more
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
Lymph nodes in portahepatis & portacaval seen on mri. Can this be cancer somewhere in the abdomen? Have symptoms of pancreas cancer but no tumor seen.
Yes but depends on s: It all depends on the size of the lymph nodes. If the nodes are larger than 1 cm, then we have to be concerned. Anything over 2cm in size requires a biopsy to exclude cancer. These nodes can be enlarged due to cancers in the liver, bile ducts and rarely stomach and pancreatic cancers. ...Read more
Vague abdominal symp: Early pancreaticcancer often does not casue any specific symptoms, other than vague abdominal discomfort. Back pain is one of the symptoms when the tumor invades surrounding tissues. Depending on the site of the tumor, jaundice may occur. Advanced lesions cause weakness, liver enlargement, weight loss etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely a Whipple: Only 10 % of patients with pancreatic head ca are candidates for a wipple. Following this procedure the 2 year survival rate is about 10%. A vaccine is now being developed to be given post surgery to prevent this problem of recurrence. ...Read more
Can you tell me if there is any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?
Effective like...: ...Curative? The answer would be surgery if the patient is fortunate enough to discover it early. Even then there is a good chance that it will come back. Chemo and radiation may control it for a while but very seldom for a long time. No cancer is "good to have" but pancreatic cancer is particularly virulent as a rule. Hope this is not about you. ...Read more
MRI of gall bladder showed something between gb and pancrease (pancrelipase). Said it might just be a lymph node but repeat mri in 3 months. % chance of cancer?
Should repeat exam: There can be lymph nodes near gall bladder. Lymph nodes can be reactive to infection, inflammation, trauma, neoplasm etc. Observation for short interval will determine whether grows, is stable, or regresses. it sounds like the radiologist was not very concerned. If worrIed I might repeat examination in 6 weeks rather than 3 months. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones ,?
Comfort: No major interventions. Kindness. Caring, listening, loving! ...Read more
My grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones. Treatment options?
No treatment: In spite of your grandfathers clinical condition, the pattern of behavior of prostate cancer after 80 , for the most part typified by an indolent form of metastasis. One uses drugs like Lupron (leuprolide) to reduce hormones but at his age there are probably little or no hormones secreted. Chemo such as Taxol not utilized. Therefore he should live normal expected time for a 90yo without further intervention ...Read more
See below: Unfortunately early pancreatic cancer often does not have symptoms. General symptoms are pain in the abdomen and back. Loss of weight. Jaundice and blood clots in veins. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pancreatic-cancer/ds00357/dsection=symptoms. ...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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