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Mass on pancreas grew significantly from jan to now. My relative is going in for surgery to remove n biopsy. What are chances it is cancer?

See below. Because of the growth it has a high problabliity of being cancer but until the biopsy you cannot telll for certain so prya hard and so will i. Read more...
Need to wait. Any mass that has grown needs to be removed. Only after the pathology is checked, can we tell if it is cancer. Read more...

Just had a CT scan results and dr says found mass on pancreas wants to do MRI what are my options she mentioned surgery? How common is this and what caused it. Don't smoke, drink or use drugs. My doctor is at the va clinic should I consult a private

Masses . Masses in the pancreas can be very serious and need to be acted upon quickly. The MRI is necessary to gain additional information about the characteristics of the mass (ie., where it is located, size, shape, presence of other massess or abnormalities). Often after an MRI a patient will need to undergo a biopsy of the mass, which can be performed with a special endoscopy procedure, with ct guidance, or, rarely, with invasive surgery. The results of these tests will determine the next course of action. If the mass appears malignant or cancerous but it hasn't spread, surgery will probably be recommended to remove the mass and a portion of surrounding pancreas and sometimes other organs. Unfortunately, 50% of pancreatic cancer is discovered after it has spread to other organs. In this situation, chemotherapy can be done to extend survival, but rarely cures the disease. Sometimes pancreatic masses are not the dreaded pancreatic adenocarcinoma, but other, less aggresive tumors, such as neuroendocrine tumors (masses of hormone-producing cells), lymphoma, pancreatitis (pancreatic inflammation), or even mis-reads on the original ct. It may seem like a lot of tests, but the pancreas is a tricky organ and we must do our due diligence to fully characterize the mass prior to recommending any course of action. Read more...
Many possibilities. An incidental mass on the pancreas can be one of many things, including a cancer. An MRI is a good modality to try to better characterize the lesion and raise or lower our suspicion of it representing a cancer and further evaluation including possible surgery. Read more...

How does a splenic mass affect the pancreas?

A big spleen mass... A big spleen mass (splenic tumor) could press on the tail end of the pancreas. They are next to one another. If a tumor squishes into the pancreas, it might cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) and its pain symptoms. Read more...

What are the survival chances after doctors have found a large mass in the pancreas? What are the survival chances after doctors have found a large mass in the pancreas? I realize this is a difficult question and appreciate any information you might provi

This . This is a difficult question to answer since I am not directly involved in your case and don't know specifics about the tumor in question. On average for all stages of pancreatic cancer, the one year survival rate is 25%, and the five year survival rate is less than 5%. If you have further questions please discuss this with your doctor. Read more...

Do doctors put me to sleep for a biopsy of a mass on my pancreas?

It depends to a... ...great degree on the type of biopsy that's done and to a lesser degree on your level of anxiety. For a fine needle biopsy, you may need only local anesthesia and light sedation. More invasive procedures require heavier sedation or even general anesthesia. In any case, you shouldn't eat anything after midnight the night before and you need to arrange to have someone to take you home afterwards. Read more...

Oncologist's: During surgery, can a surgeon actually see the difference between a cancerous vs. A benign tumor/mass in the pancreas?

Surgeon's view. First not a surgeon but work in surgery every single day. It can very difficult to say with certainty if a mass of the pancreas is malignant. It can be difficult even with the help of a microscope. If there is a pancreatic mass with several enlarged lymph nodes nearbye the surgeon will usually think they are dealing with a cancer but they usually wait for the pathology report before telling pt. Read more...