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What Is The Reason That Pancreatic Cancer Is Incurable
It is not incurable: Sometimes it is curable. It depends on what type of cancer it is (some have a better cure rate than others) also it depends on the location of the cancer and how it was diagnosed. Pancreas cancer is notorious for being discovered late because of a lack of symptoms. If it has invaded blood vessels, other organs or distant lymphnodes the chance of cure is very poor. Also most patients would... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Does it stand to reason that floating stool in the absence of fat malabsorption(normal CT scan and 72hr fat test isn't be caused by pancreatic cancer?
Floaters: 99% of floating stools are caused by trapped gas . This is the truth in spite of what you might pick up from 'pop' accounts. It happens to me if i chew gum. Congratulations on not using tobacco. Keep an eye on the stomach issues -- and if the pain changes, consider a check once again. And if you have malabsorption or maldigestion, it's much less subtle than just a floating stool. ...Read more
For what reasons won't a doctor attempt a liver transplant in a stage IV pancreatic cancer patient?
Problematic: Generally if pancreas cancer has traveled to the liver, then there is too much disease to expect benefit of a liver transplant. If the original cancer in the pancreas is still present, then the liver transplant will not help. Medications to lower the immune system to allow for an organ transplant will also cause cancer in other sites (such as in the pancreas) to rapidly grow further. ...Read more
Yes?: As a rule, stage 4 cancer of the pancreas is incurable. As to being terminal, it depends on the definition. If you mean it will kill the patient at some point, the vast majority of the times the answer is yes. If you mean it will kill the patient right away, it depends on the situation. Never say never, though, some patients have surprised me in the past. Sorry if it is about you or a loved one. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on location: Pancreas is a fish-shaped organ with its head tucked into the duodenum (c-shaped beginning of small intestine coming off stomach). If tumor blocks bile duct or panc duct, causes abdominal pain, pancreatitis, jaundice. If it's in tail, will cause no symtptoms till very large or spread to other areas. Most common: weight loss, mental status change such as new onset depression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No screening test: Unfortunately there is no screening tests for pancreatic cancer. Ct scan can help identify pancreatic cancers but you would need symptoms first for a doctor to order such a study. But by that time many pancreatic cancers have become somewhat advanced. This is a tough cancer to diagnosis early and tough to treat. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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