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What Are The Chances Of Pancreas Becoming Cancerous Due To Pancreatitis?

Hi Doc, in 2009 I had liver cancer surgery and have had several M.R.I.'s with negative results of cancer. 6 mos. ago I had another M.R.I. and found out that I have chronic pancreatitis. Doc, my question is what are the chances of my pancreas becoming cancerous? Also, what is the quality of life without the pancreas?
Mon, 30 Dec 2013
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Hello!

Thank you for the query.

The average person has less than 1% lifetime risk of pancreas cancer. Chronic pancreatitis increases this risk 15-20 times. So we can say your risk is about 15%. If you smoke and are obese this makes your risk even higher.
After pancreas removal (which is very large surgery) the quality of life is good. All you have to take is Insulin (you will have diabetes after total pancreas removal) and digestive hormons of pancreas with every meals. There is a special diet after pancreas removal.

Hope this will help.
Regards.
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What Are The Chances Of Pancreas Becoming Cancerous Due To Pancreatitis?

Hello! Thank you for the query. The average person has less than 1% lifetime risk of pancreas cancer. Chronic pancreatitis increases this risk 15-20 times. So we can say your risk is about 15%. If you smoke and are obese this makes your risk even higher. After pancreas removal (which is very large surgery) the quality of life is good. All you have to take is Insulin (you will have diabetes after total pancreas removal) and digestive hormons of pancreas with every meals. There is a special diet after pancreas removal. Hope this will help. Regards.