Where can I pay for tests for pancreatic cancer if doctor wont order them?

No good tests. Unfortunately, there is no good blood test for pancreatic cancer. Abdominal ultrasound, ct and/or MRI may help, but these are not employed as screening tests.

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Would untreated pancreatic cancer progress rapidly in a year? Tests normal and GI doc didn' t seem concernd but still worried. Symptoms unchanged.

Usually. Pancreatic cancer is usually an aggressive malignancy with a fairly rapid course, even with therapy; with no therapy it is expected to progress quickly. If i were asked about a patient who remained well a year after diagnosis i would question the diagnosis. If your GI doctor is unconcerned perhaps he/she knows it is a different diagnosis. Ask for clarification. 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...

I have 2 uncles diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in their 60s. I am 28 and my back has been hurting. Doctor says it is muscular but could it be cancer?

Muscle discomfort. In the back is very common & pancreatic cancer at age 28 would be very unlikely. Muscle discomfort may increase with some bending or twistibg movements. Pancreatic pain is an unrelenting pain, day & night, often with lack of appetite &'weight loss. Your doctor is likely able to diagnose muscle pain by physical exam. Return to the doctor if no better in a few weeks. Read more...
Probably not . It is true that pancreatic cancer can run in families. There are no protocols for screening family members but it is not unreasonable to get a ct. Better safe than sorry. Read more...

Hi doctor can mri detect pancreatic cancer early?

Yes. it's quite possible. I had a patient with abdominal pain who incidentally had a CT done, indicating a pancreatic mass, and follow up MRI confirmed the mass, prompting a further assessment with an endoscopic ultrasound and fine needle aspiration. So it's possible. But at 19, you're less likely to have pancreatic cancer. Read more...

Could a GI doctor detect pancreatic cancer while doing a scope?

Possibly by ERCP. Ercp (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) is a procedure used to diagnose diseases of the biliary system, pancreas, and liver. An endoscopist, gastroenterologist, uses a special endoscope. The endoscopist identifies the place where the bile duct comes into the intestine and then feeds a tiny catheter into the duct and squirts contrast into the bile system and pancreas ducts. Read more...
Possibly. It requires a specialized type of upper endoscopy. Routine upper GI endoscopy does not visualize the pancreas, but an ERCP may identify a pancreatic mass effecting the pancreatic duct. Masses in the tail of the pancreas may not be detected. A ct scan , ultrasound, MRI or pet scan are more commonly used, but the diagnosis is often not made early. An ERCP is usually used after a mass is detected. Read more...

Hi doctor I recently had mri with and without contrast and mrcp and the results cameback normal should I still worry about pancreatic cancer?

No. Stop worrying, Steve! I'm glad you're okay. Maybe there's an organic cause, or maybe it's nerves. Really happy for you. Read more...
No worries. You have no obvious reasons to be worried. I am wondering why you even had the MRCP done in the first place?? You are too young to have pancreatic Cancer until you get past 45 years. Anxiety is what you need to control....that can cause disease too1. Read more...

Pain that comes and goes, behind my left rib, I'm scared its pancreatic cancer, I've been doc they said muscular but y does it keep coming back?

Think the worse. Katie, when we have something that comes up with our bodies that is not usual for us, we always seem to think the worse and for a large majority of the time it is not the worse that we have. There are a lot more questions and answers needed before I could give you a reliable response. You may wish to consider a virtual consults. RJ. Read more...