Is lipase always elevated in acinar cell carcinoma of the pancreas? If yes, how elevated does it usually get?
Only about half. Maybe half of folks have it up in this rare cancer. If there's nothing on imaging, I'd get over the idea that you have acinar carcinoma of the pancreas and get on with your life. We're not going to operate without a visible lesion, and you're doing yourself a disservice worrying about something unlikely. If I recall, your major concern is a very slightly elevated lipase.
See below. Ms. Amanda: Unfortunately there are no good tests for screening for pancreatic cancer. Lipase is not reliable and lumpy fat is a quack thing. You may consult this site for info on this topic: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/pancreaticcancer/detailedguide/pancreatic-cancer-detection. Read more...