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What is an islet cell cancer?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
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In brief: Tumor of pancrease (pancrelipase)

Islet cells are the cells located in the pancrease (pancrelipase) that make insulin.
A tumor can form there from a degrading of the islet cell into an abnormal form and then cancerous. Hope this helps.

In brief: Tumor of pancrease (pancrelipase)

Islet cells are the cells located in the pancrease (pancrelipase) that make insulin.
A tumor can form there from a degrading of the islet cell into an abnormal form and then cancerous. Hope this helps.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Islets of

Langerhans reside in the tail of the pancreas and produce Insulin taht regulates glucose metabolism. Overgrowth and dysregulation occurs when the cells overpopulate, grow and produce excess hormone leading to Insulin shock.
Treatment is removal.

In brief: Islets of

Langerhans reside in the tail of the pancreas and produce Insulin taht regulates glucose metabolism. Overgrowth and dysregulation occurs when the cells overpopulate, grow and produce excess hormone leading to Insulin shock.
Treatment is removal.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Turrisi is correct in that treatment of islet cell tumors is surgical removal. Islet cell tumors may produce other hormones as well, e.g., gastrin that results in peptic ulcers; Glucagon that causes a peculiar skin disorder; Serotonin that causes carcinoid syndrome.
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