Is pancreatic cancer curable?

Yes/no. It's one of the worst cancers and the cure rates are low. It also depends on the stage and location of the tumor. Some early detected cancers with a tumor location away from the duodenum and biliary pathways carry better prognosis than other types. Also, the longer the tumor doesn't give out metastasis, the higher the chance of cure.
Pancreatic cancer. The stated cure rate hovers around 3%. Those are sad statistics. The majority of those 3% had small tumors located near the "head" of the pancreas. The location of the tumor, lots if luck, surgery, and good underlying health are all factors if indeed there will be cures. An occasional patient will claim cure without surgery, but those people were probably misdiagnosed--or extraordinarily lucky.

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Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

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 more...
Several. Painless jaundice (yellow eyes and skin), weight loss, abdominal pain, sometimes radiating into the back. Just to name a few. Read more...
Jaundice with. Or without abdominal pain, new onset dibetes, and depression. Can see change in b.M characteristics; nausea, vomiting, rapid weight loss without trying. Read more...

How to cure pancreatic cancer?

Treatment for . Pancreatic cancer is the same for other GI cancers: surgery when feasible, chemo, and radiation therapy. Unfortunately, pancreatic cancers are sometimes not found until it reaches advanced stage, making curative treatment less likely than other cancers. Depending on stage, it may not be curable. Read more...
Well. To cure it is basically not possible. If caught in time and surgery possible i would recommend it. But even with surgery very few people will live beyond 5 years form the diagnosis. The problem is that in majority of cases is not diagnosed in time and in those cases survival is from few months to 2 years. Read more...
Surgery is Key. The best option for cure is surgery. About 20% of patients with pancreatic cancer are candidates for surgery. The surgery is pancreaticoduodenectomy, also called a Whipple procedure. It usually involves removing. 1. The head of the pancreas 2. A part of the duodenum 3. A of a portion of the common bile duct 4. The gall bladder 5. In many instances a portion of the stomach. Read more...

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Highly variable. Each person is different. Much of the early stage of pancreas cancer has no symptoms. May have gradual onset of lack or appetite and gradual weight loss. Later posdible yellow jaunduce formation. Later stage pancreas cancer can cause a severe boring pain from the mid upper abdomen into the upper back. Read more...
Pain and Weight loss. Pain and weight loss are common as is jaundice. Pancreatic cancer often progresses quite significantly unnoticed. Read more...

How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?

Biopsy. Pathology gives the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, typically a needle guided biopsy of the pancreatic mass seen at the time of endoscopy a ct-guided biopsy by interventional radiologist is performed. Read more...
Biopsy sometimes. Patients with pancreatic masses, elevated ca19-9 levels, and clinical features of cancer can fairly reliably be clinically diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Biopsy should only be performed when the tumor is unresectable, metastasized, or if neoadjuvant (before surgery) chemo/radiation is being offered. Surgical resection should proceed to provide definitive pathology; needle biopsy often misses. Read more...

Is the pancreatic cancer hereditary?

It may be hereditary. There is some evidence that pancreatic cancer may occur more in some families. Johns hopkins was doing a study on families with pancreatic cancer where by relatives were having very close followup that included ct scanning and surgery if there was suspicion of a developing cancer. I do not know if the study is still ongoing. Read more...
It can be hereditary. Cancer of the pancreas, like many cancers, is a genetic disease in that it is caused by mutations or changes in dna. We can be born with these changes(hereditary) or, more commonly, they are acquired by chance or by exposure to chemicals or other cancer-causing agents such as found in cigarette smoke. It is currently thought that only about 10% of cases are hereditary. Read more...
It can be hereditary. Pancreatic cancer is a genetic disease in that it is caused by mutations or changes in dna. These mutations can be inherited(hereditary) or they can develop by chance or by exposure to cancer causing chemicals or agents such as those in cigarette smoke. It is currently estimated that only approximately 10% of pancreatic cancers are hereditary. Read more...
It can be. If there are two first degree relatives in a family who develop pancreatic cancer, by definition they have familial pancreatic syndrome, which is an autosomal disorder. First degree relatives are siblings, child-parent, those who are one meiosis apart. If diagnosed, you must have genetic counseling to have the risks explained. If 2 siblings are affected, each of their children has 1 in 2 risk. Read more...

What is staging for pancreatic cancer?

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 more...
One must discern. Resectability: any distant disease in the peritoneum, liver, or distant organs rules that out, but local infiltration - posterior to aorta, and take-off arteries, or engulfing superior mesenteric artery, vein or portal vein, preclude surgery. Imaging, endoscopic ultrasound, arteriography, mri, and laparoscopy are all used after physical and history. Blood work helps too, . Read more...

How to know if I have pancreatic cancer?

See a doctor. The first thing to do in the work up of a possible pancreatic caricnoma is to visit with a doctor and have him/her take a history and perform a physical examination. If there is concern for cancer, the physician can perform laboratory testing and imaging studies to investigate the biochemical functioning of the pancreas and its anatomy. If those are concerning, then a biopsy may be performed. Read more...

What are some signs of pancreatic cancer?

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 more...
Jaundice, pain. Dark color urine ( like color of coke or pepsi), light color stool (gray), jaundice ( yellow skin and eyes), weight loss, change in bowel habits, cramping, diarrhea, pain that can be localized to mid abdomen or radiate to back are to name a few. Read more...