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Where Does Pancreatic Cancer Begin
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
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
Depends on stage: Not all patients with pancreatic cancer are candidates for surgical removal, also called resection. The best candidates for resection are patients whose cancer has not spread beyond the pancreas, who have no involvement of the major abdominal blood vessels, and are otherwise healthy enough to tolerate a major abdominal operation. Sometimes chemoradiation therapy is used prior to the operation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Early pancreatic cancer in the body of the pancreas is often asymptomatic or may have vague abdominal symptoms. Cancer in the head of pancreas may present with jaundice. Later there may be pain radiating to the back and symptoms from metastases in the liver. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the chances of pancreatic cancer reoccuring after eight years? What would be the most likely earliest symptoms?
Maybe something else: The majority of pancreatic cancers recur within the first 2-4 years, but some recur as long as 10-15 years out. Main symptoms may be unexplained weight loss, jaundice, abdominal or back pain. There can be other causes for many of these things, so go back to your oncologist for a check up. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain, weight loss: Symptoms and signs can include pain in the upper abdomen, sometimes traveling to the back, and weight loss. Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes, can occur. Doctors may be able to detect a tender mass in the abdomen or enlarged lymph nodes. Unfortunately sometimes these symptoms aren't present until later. Smoking and obesity are 2 important and modifiable risk factors for pancreatic cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tumor size & spread.: Stage i: the cancer is not touching the major blood vessels near the pancreas. Stage ii: the cancer extends beyond the pancreas, or the cancer has spread to a nearby lymph node. Stage iii: the cancer has wrapped around the major blood vessels near the pancreas. Stage iv: the cancer has spread to other organs. Surgery is usually not recommended for stage iii or IV tumors, but there are exceptions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pancreas cancer is: Quite alarming because it seems to be increasing, we do not know the cause, and it commonly presents late. There are lesion of the pancreastic duct that warrant surveillance, but for most of us, there are not indications to get endoscopy, and even suspicious washings are not reliable indicators of early cancer. So there is not a blood test, endoscopy, or imaging test to find it early. ...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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