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What does pancreatic cancer pain feel like?

What does pancreatic cancer pain feel like?

Highly variable: Each person is different. Much of the early stage of pancreas cancer has no pain. Later stage pancreas cancer can cause a severe boring pain from the mid upper abdomen into the upper back. ...Read more

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


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What does pancreatic cancer abdominal pain typically feel like? Can it occur primarily on the left side?

What does pancreatic cancer abdominal pain typically feel like? Can it occur primarily on the left side?

Painless: pancreatic cancer initially is painless,that why it can sneel on peopale until they becomes jauncise,and that sometime could be the first sign of cancer.
pancreatic cancer could be discovered early by accident.
pancreatitis could be very painful.
pain on left side could be spleen,or colon,stomach,or tail of the pancreas.rarely cancer. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have a tumor of the pancreas and symptoms?

What does it feel like to have a tumor of the pancreas and symptoms?

See below: Early pancreatic cancers often have no symptoms. Common symptoms are abdominal and back pain, weight loss, jaundice and blood clots. See this site for more info.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pancreatic-cancer/ds00357/dsection=symptoms. ...Read more

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Pain that comes and goes on my left side feels like it's under my rib, could it be my pancreas in scared ?

Pain that comes and goes on my left side feels like it's under my rib, could it be my pancreas in scared
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Pancreas?: Your pain could be caused by many things that may or may not be pancreas related. Please make an appointment to see your primary doctor as soon as possible.
I would appreciate hearing what the problem is and how it is getting better. ...Read more

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What is the pancreas?

Gland: Pancreas is a gland in the abdomen, associated with the first part of small intestine. It has two parts, one makes digestive enzymes and the other makes hormones including insulin. ...Read more

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What's the pancreas for?

Glucose+digestion.: The islets of langerhans in the pancreas contain its endocrine cells that produce hormones that help control blood glucose levels: Alpha cells - glucagon, beta cells - Insulin and amylin, delta cells - somatostatin, pp cells - pancreatic polypeptide, epsilon cells -ghrelin. The exocrine cells make digestive enzymes, like trypsinogen and chymotrypsinogen, to break down lipids and carbohydrates. ...Read more

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What is an enlarged pancreas?

What is an enlarged pancreas?

Enlarged means big: A swollen pancreas. I am not sure why this is a question. Inflamed or swollen pancreas is a medical emergency. Why the question? ...Read more

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Can your pancreas be replaced?

Can your pancreas be replaced?

Yes and no: Hi. Pancreas transplants are sometimes (pretty rarely, actually) done for diabetes, but not for the digestive enzyme part of the pancreas. The digestive enzyme deficiency part of having a pancreas removed is treated with pancreatic enzyme pills. Usually we just treat the deficiencies of pancreas removal with oral digestive enzymes and basal and bolus insulins. ...Read more

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How do I treat inflame pancreas?

Pancreatitis info: Hi QFong,

If you have been diagnosed with pancreatitis, I would recommend that you seek treatment guided by a physician as soon as possible. The treatment is fairly simple but you need work up to determine the cause and to be monitored clinically depending on the severity of your illness. Here is some additional information. I hope this answers your questions.

http://wb.md/2gWMgUZ ...Read more

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Can u live without your pancreas?

Yes: Pancreatic resections removing the entire pancreas are occasionally performed for pancreatic cancer. The organ is not essential except for its endocrine and exocrine function. The islet cells lost produce insulin, that is essential and the exocrine portion of the gland, produce enzymes that are available commercially to help in digestion. Most can then lead a normal life. ...Read more

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How can you affect your pancreas?

Pnacreas: I wish I could help but you have not given any information.
What exactly do you mean by "affect your pancreas"? ...Read more

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Can u live without your pancreas?

Not easy: It is possible to live without a pancreas, however, it requires a lot of medication and is associated with increased illness and death. One study found that 1/3 of participants died within the first three years of their pancreatectomy. Some of these deaths were cancer related, so likely the odds are better for a non-malignant cause. ...Read more

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What service does a pancreas perform?

Multiple functions: On one hand, it produces several enzymes needed to digest food. This is the "exocrine" part of the pancreas.
On the other hand, there is an "endocrine" part that is responsible of the levels of blood sugar (through the release of Insulin and glucagon). It also release other hormones. ...Read more

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What is the function of the pancreas?

What is the function of the pancreas?

Exocrine, endocrine: Hi. The vast majority (about 99%) of pancreatic mass is dedicated to exocrine function, the production of digestive enzymes and secretion into the duodenum to digest food. The remaining 1% of pancreatic mass makes hormones (endocrine function), the two most important being insulin and glucagon, although there are also several others. Overall, digesting food and regulating energy balance. ...Read more

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Can a person live without a pancreas? 

Can a person live without a pancreas? 

Yes: You can be alive even after your entire pancreas has been removed. However, you would have very difficult to control diabetes. Also you would have problems with digestion and be required to take enzyme suppliments. ...Read more

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What happens to the pancreas as we age?

Nothing : Age has no special effect on the pancreas function ...Read more

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How do the islets in the pancreas work?

How do the islets in the pancreas work?

Make hormones.: The islets of langerhans in the pancreas contain its endocrine cells. These cells produce hormones that help control blood glucose levels in the body. There are at least 5 kinds of islet cells: Alpha cells producing glucagon (15-20% of cells), beta cells - Insulin and amylin (65–80%), delta cells - somatostatin (3–10%), pp cells - pancreatic polypeptide (3–5%), epsilon cells -ghrelin (<1%). ...Read more

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Where is the pancreas in the body found?

Where is the pancreas in the body found?

Deep in the belly: The pancreas is located in the upper abdomen, behind the stomach, and in front of the spine. On the right side, the pancreas is bounded by the duodenum (small intestine), and on the left side it is bounded by the spleen. There are several very large blood vessels that touch the pancreas as well. This challenging anatomy demands that a specialist operate on the pancreas. ...Read more

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Where is the pancreas and what does it do?

Where is the pancreas and what does it do?

Abdominal organ: Abdominal organ in the back of the belly.

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 Insulin function (type 2). ...Read more

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Is it possible to live without a pancreas?

Yes; diabetes: Yes, you can live without a pancreas. The pancreas makes insulin, so you would need to take Insulin for your diabetes. The pancreas makes digestive enzymes, so you may need to take pancreatic enzymes with your food. ...Read more

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Where is the pancreas located in the body?

Curves rnd duodenum.: This organ curves around the duodenum, which is below and to the right of your stomach. It is nearly in the center of your body/abdomen. ...Read more

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What side of the body is your pancreas on?

Middle: the pancreas is usually right in the middle of the abdomen, just above your belly button. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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Where in the body is the pancreas located?

Where in the body is the pancreas located?

Deep in the belly: The pancreas is located in the upper abdomen, behind the stomach, and in front of the spine. On the right side, the pancreas is bounded by the duodenum (small intestine), and on the left side it is bounded by the spleen. There are several very large blood vessels that touch the pancreas as well. This challenging anatomy demands that a specialist operate on the pancreas. ...Read more

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How far to the right does the pancreas go?

How far to the right does the pancreas go?

Near the edge of the liver: In general the pancreas lives behind the stomach and extensive near or to the lateral edge of the left side of the liver which lives right under your rib cage on the right side. ...Read more

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How do I sign up to receive a new pancreas?

Talk to your doctor: You don't really sign up for these procedures. Talk to your endocrinologist and see if it is indicated. Any transplant carries with it a lot of inherent problems. The side effects of a pancreas transplant can be significant, so a pancreas transplant is typically reserved for those who have serious diabetes complications. A pancreas transplant is often done in conjunction with a kidney transplant. ...Read more

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Can the pancreas be tottally removed safely?

Not really: Very rarely, such as in emergencies or specific types of pancreatic cancer. The pancreas is responsible for producing major hormones involved in sugar regulation and digestion- removal would take away all of these hormones. The pancreas is also located very close to major blood vessels and vital organs, making the surgery difficult. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for pancreas pain?

Metformin: Metformin sometimes relieves pancreatic pain by acting as an insulin receptor sensitizer, thereby reducing the requirement for the pancreas to work so hard to release insulin. It's not a pain reliever, per-se, but gives the pancreas a "rest," reducing pancreatic action which often reduces the pain. ...Read more