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If pancreatic cancer was the cause of a blood clot, weight loss and digestive problems, would there be abnormalities in pancreatic function blood tests?

If pancreatic cancer was the cause of a blood clot, weight loss and digestive problems, would there be abnormalities in pancreatic function blood tests?

Pancreas blood tests: Commonly used blood tests of pancreatic-derived proteins (lipase, amylase, insulin, etc.) are notoriously poor markers for cancer given the variety of other things that may elevate them, and the reserve capacity of most organs. So, to answer your question, not neccesarily. Best tests are high resolution CT with specific pancreas-protocol, and EUS with biopsy. ...Read more

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Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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If a person had pancreatic cancer that is causing left side pain (under the rib cage) and back pain, should you be experiencing weight loss too?

If a person had pancreatic cancer that is causing left side pain (under the rib cage) and back pain, should you be experiencing weight loss too?

Pancreatic Cancer: Unfortunately even in this era of tremendous advances in oncology field pancreatic cancer is still a gruesome diagnosis. The most common symptom is jaundice and pain is rather rare and can be associated with very advanced disease with significant weight loss.
Pain is more often associated with pancreatitis and specific tests should be done to rule out inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). ...Read more

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Heard pancreatic cancer grows slowly, had CT year and a half ago, with upper left abdom pain and 5% weight loss (since becom vege) CT still excludepc?

Heard pancreatic cancer grows slowly, had CT year and a half ago, with upper left abdom pain and 5% weight loss (since becom vege) CT still excludepc?

Stop worrying: You're a 22 year old man, non-smoker, your pain is lasting and undefined, you became a vegetarian and weight loss is expected (people don't overeat vegetables), a pancreatic cancer sufficiently advanced to cause pain won't be missed on ct scan. You're off to a great start in life. Don't trouble yourself with cancerphobia. Pain that's serious would have revealed its cause by now. ...Read more

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With jaundice, orange urine and weight loss present. How long does a person with pancreatic cancer usually have?

With jaundice, orange urine and weight loss present. How long does a person with pancreatic cancer usually have?

Don't give up: If it's a small tumor in the head of the pancreas, then you may still have a chance at a cure. There are high-risk super-aggressive surgeries that are producing a higher cure rate than in the past. ...Read more

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If pain and weight loss were as a result of pancreatic cancer would CT colonoscopy see the tumour on pancreas as it sees these organs as well as colon?

If pain and weight loss were as a result of pancreatic cancer would CT colonoscopy see the tumour on pancreas as it sees these organs as well as colon?

Possible: It sounds as if you previously had a ct scan of your colon? It is unlikely your pancreas was imaged with the "colonography". An abdominal scan or ct dedicated to the pancreas is one of the better imaging studies to properly evaluate your pancreas. ...Read more

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31 yr old- RUQ pain 8 mos.- CBC, CMP, AbdomUS, EGD, HIDA nml 6 mos ago. Dr say acalculous choleysteitis. So scared of pancreatic cancer. No weight loss 7 mo

Not related toCancer: You have a diseased gall bladder giving symptoms for 8 months, discuss with your doctor, you may benefit from its removal. Some times cholesterol deposits on gall bladder lining (strawberry gall bladder) will give severe symptoms, not seen as stones. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain RUQ-x6mos- dr says gall bladder but HIDA, CBC, CMP, lipase, amalyse, EGD and abdom US 6m ago nml- can this pancreatic cancer? 30 yo. No Weight loss

Pain RUQ-x6mos- dr says gall bladder but HIDA, CBC, CMP, lipase, amalyse, EGD and abdom US 6m ago nml- can this pancreatic cancer? 30 yo. No Weight loss

No...Second opinion: Not likely to be pancreatic cancer given the imaging you've had so far. There is a blood test you can get that you that might be reassuring. I suggest a second opinion to evaluate for something more usual such as sphincter dysfunction. In the meantime avoid foods that induce symptoms ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes pancreatic cancer?

Can anyone tell me what causes pancreatic cancer?

A lot of causes: Smoking, diabetes, BRCA (breast cancer) gene mutations, family history. These are a few. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does alcohol cause pancreatic cancer?

Does alcohol cause pancreatic cancer?

Maybe: Whether alcohol abuse is an important risk factor for pancreatic cancer isn't clear; smoking clearly is. Abuse alcohol though and you're asking for chronic pancreatitis, a confusingly-named lifetime severe pain syndrome involving damage to the deep nerves of the area. You don't want that, or any of several other unpleasant sequelae. Best wishes; make smart decisions & drink moderately if at all. ...Read more

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Does pancreatic cancer cause itching?

Does pancreatic cancer cause itching?

It can: If cancer blocks bile duct connection to bowel you can have elevated bilirubin (jaundice) which can cause itching. ...Read more

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Why does pancreatic cancer cause nausea?

Why does pancreatic cancer cause nausea?

Many possible reason: Nausea is a non-specific symptom and can occur for many different reasons or diseases affecting the abdomen. It can originate in any part of the digestive tract. So you need to get a check up with your doctor and seek medical therapy. You may benefit from cusing anti nausea pills (there are several different ones that can help). Any liver dysfunction (this is common with pancreatic Cancer) can cause ...Read more

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Why does pancreatic cancer cause vomiting?

Why does pancreatic cancer cause vomiting?

Variety: There are multiple potential reasons including causing obstruction of GI tract and/or bike duct, toxins from the cancer, and associated treatment side affects like nausea from chemotherapy. There are treatments available for the nausea based upon the cause, don't hesitate to talk to your oncologist. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic cancer cause an intermittent pain on left shoulder blade?

Can pancreatic cancer cause an intermittent pain on left shoulder blade?

No: Pancreas cancer arises in 3 areas of the gland, the head producing painless jaundice, mid body invading celiac plexus to cause severe back pain and tail lesions near the spleen obstructing splenic vein to cause gastric varies from vasa brevia. Pain in left shoulder blade is due to irritation of the left diaphragmatic crura due to inflammation at the site not from distal pancreas Ca ...Read more

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If occasional floating stools were caused by pancreatic cancer would they be obviously abnormal looking?

If occasional floating stools were caused by pancreatic cancer would they be obviously abnormal looking?

Yes: It would be obvious to anyone. "floating stools" are almost always from gas bubbles. They suggest gum-chewing or talking a lot rather than cancer. When due to steatorrhea as from pancreatic cancer, the stools are light-colored and incredibly stinky. If you are obsessed with the idea that you have pancreatic cancer, perhaps a good psychologist or other person can help you manage these thoughts. ...Read more

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My father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when he was 40 years old. He worked for 15 years with radioactive chemicals, could this be a cause?

Undoubtedly...: There are over a hundred medical citations in pubmed regarding radiation exposure as a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. By the way, was your dad a smoker? I noticed that you also smoke, & you may be interested to learn that tobacco consumption is a major risk factor for pancreatic cancer--please quit. ...Read more

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Why do some websites say a symptom of pancreatic cancer is lumpy fatty tissue? Is this referring to panniculitis caused by acinar cell carcinoma?

Why do some websites say a symptom of pancreatic cancer is lumpy fatty tissue? Is this referring to panniculitis caused by acinar cell carcinoma?

See below: Ms. Amanda: Unfortunately there are no good tests for screening for pancreatic cancer. Lipase is not reliable and lumpy fat is a quack thing.
You may consult this site for info on this topic:
http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/pancreaticcancer/detailedguide/pancreatic-cancer-detection
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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My grandmother took up to 30 aspirin a day for many years, along with a slew of other drugs. She got pancreatic cancer at 71-could aspirin have caused?

My grandmother took up to 30 aspirin a day for many years, along with a slew of other drugs. She got pancreatic cancer at 71-could aspirin have caused?

Aspirin pancreas CA: My grandmother took up to 30 aspirin a day for many years, along with a slew of other drugs. She got pancreatic cancer at 71-could aspirin have caused? ANS: What I would do is go to PUBMED and search for Pancreatic Cancer AND aspirin. This will give you the worlds lit on this subject. I have never heard of an association. She must have had bad arthritis and was taking other things. Ask her Dr. ...Read more

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What can cause pancreatic cancer?

What can cause pancreatic cancer?

Probable viral: Pancreas cancer starts out as an intraductal lesion similar to breast DTIC (dacarbazine). It smolders within the ductal system for 15-20 yrs before first signs of ductal wall invasion to become an early pancreatic carcinoma. The TAA that are expressed early are oncofetal in origin and are suppressed at birth to reappear in the tumor as the oncogenic protein. Transformation probably viral induced. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the cause of pancreatic cancer?

I want to know what's the cause of pancreatic cancer?

So do we: Pancreatic cancer seems to be a spontaneous event and because it is internal with no early symptoms, is rarely detected until it has spread beyond meaningful treatment. No one knows the cause. There is much investigation being done to provide earlier detection and discover the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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