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Doctor insights on: What Are The Chances Of Getting Pancreatic Cancer If My Great Grandpa Had It

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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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Do docs think that coffee consumption affects the chances of getting pancreatic cancer?

Do docs think that coffee consumption affects the chances of getting pancreatic cancer?

No association: most malignancies including pancreatic Ca are caused by viurus or carcinogen. Coffee drinking is not associated with cancer, however several years ago a paper was published by Bailer, a statistican claiming that pancreatic cancer was associated with coffee intake but never substantiated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to determine my chances of getting pancreatic cancer since my mother died of this?

Is it possible to determine my chances of getting pancreatic cancer since my mother died of this?

No: Brca2 and the lynch family are the only common genetic syndromes that increase the risk for pancreatic ca, and that only some; you can be tested if you wish. P16/cdkn2a is pancreatic ca & melanoma. Prss1 is the only uncommon one that's mostly-pancreas & you'd know if you had this, peutz-jeghers or vhl. Otherwise it strikes at random. Sorry about mom. Stay proactive; it's a good thing. ...Read more

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Could children get pancreatic cancer?

Could children get pancreatic cancer?

Yes indeed: The usual form is pancreatoblastoma, a tumor with a different appearance and behavior from common adult pancreatic cancer. It's quite uncommon, with a few dozen cases in the us each year. A microscopic photo of one such tumor is shown in the picture. ...Read more

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Can I get pancreatic cancer my age is19?

Can I get pancreatic cancer my age is19?

Possible: Unfortunately, cancer shows no limits in terms of what ages it can affect. However, cancer is much less likely in a 19 year old. I recommend waiting for official biopsy results before assuming this is cancer. It will be important to know not only if it is a pancreatic cancer, but also to know what type of cancer. ...Read more

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How many people get pancreatic cancer every year?

How many people get pancreatic cancer every year?

See below: Estimated new cases and deaths from pancreatic cancer in the United States in 2012: new cases: 43, 920 deaths: 37, 390. ...Read more

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How does one get pancreatic cancer at a young age?

How does one get pancreatic cancer at a young age?

Don't Know: 85% of cancers are sporadic. When it happens in young patients (<50 yrs) we need to consider hereditary syndromes (ei: brca1 mutation) and familial syndromes. Most likely we won't know why it happened. What's important now is treatment. Speak to the oncologist who will help set a plan of treatment. ...Read more

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What is pancreatic cancer and how do people get it?

What is pancreatic cancer and how do people get it?

The pancreas is: Both an exocrine organ of digestion, and the bile duct from the liver passes through it, and an endocrine organ producing gastrin, insuln and other peptide hormones. Cancer is uncontrolled growth, and this organ lives near the root of the blood supply to and from liver and guts. Cigarettes associated. No screening test. Increasing. One i pray daily not to get. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving pancreatic cancer?

Depends: Survival rates vary depending on many different factors. Some of the most important factors are stage of the cancer at the time of diagnosis and also the type of cancer (there are several different types of pancreatic cancer). ...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. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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