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Pancreatic cancer

What is Pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer arises when cells in the pancreas, a glandular organ behind the stomach, begin to multiply out of control and form a mass. These cancer cells have the ability to invade other parts of the body. --> Several other types of cancer, which collectively represent the majority of the non-adenocarcinomas, can also arise from these cells. One to two in every hundred cases of pancreatic cancer are neuroendocrine tumors, which arise from the hormone-producing cells of the pancreas. These are generally less aggressive than pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

Signs and symptoms of the most common form of pancreatic cancer may include yellow skin, abdominal or back pain, unexplained weight loss, light-colored stools, dark urine and loss of appetite. There are usually no symptoms in the disease's early stages, and symptoms that are specific enough to suspect pancreatic cancer typically do not develop until the disease has reached an advanced stage. --> By the time of diagnosis, pancreatic cancer has often spread to other parts of the body.

Pancreatic cancer rarely occurs before the age of 40, and more than half of cases of pancreatic adenocarcinoma occur in those over 70. Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include tobacco smoking, obesity, diabetes, and certain rare genetic conditions. About 25% of cases are linked to smoking, Pancreatic cancer is usually diagnosed by a combination of medical imaging techniques such as ultrasound or computed tomography, blood tests, and examination of tissue samples (biopsy). The disease is divided into stages, from early (stage I) to late (stage IV). Screening the general population has not been found to be effective.

The risk of developing pancreatic cancer is lower among non-smokers, and people who maintain a healthy weight and limit their consumption of red or processed meat. Pancreatic cancer can be treated with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, palliative care, or a combination of these. Treatment options are partly based on the cancer stage. Surgery is the only treatment that can cure the disease; it may also be done to try to improve quality of life without the potential for cure. Early palliative care is recommended even for those receiving treatment that aims for a cure.

In 2012, pancreatic cancers of all types were the seventh most common cause of cancer deaths, resulting in 330,000 deaths globally. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma typically has a very poor prognosis: after diagnosis, 25% of people survive one year and 5% live for five years.

Questions and answers on "Pancreatic cancer"

Hi My dad is 73 and diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we got his ascites fluid removed thrice and after three weeks it again got accumalated. he is unwilling to go to a hospital to get it removed. what medication is advisable for removal of fluid Thanks
unfortunately we dont have any medication to dramatically reduce asciti fluid reaccumulation. Only thing that can be done is good nutrition to maintain protein levels and periodic ascitic fluid tapping
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Hello, I have a question about the "Pancreas", could you please explain the symptoms of pancreatic cancer or what might happen if your pancreas is infected and explodes and if there are anything that a doctor could do to fix these types of pancreatic problems, my aunt lives in another country and is in a coma with 6 tubes hanging out her stomach and im not sure if the doctors are taking good care of her.
Hi
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer is loss of weight , pain abdomen and vomiting.
I would advise you to do a ct scan of whole abdomen
Regards
Dr de
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my husband has stage 4 pancreatic cancer has spread to liver they attemped the whipple procedure but just sewed him back up ... he has started chemo once every two weeks as long as he lives he is 61 had tonsil cancer 7 years ago how long will he live .... he asked very few questions just chose to do chemp
Thanks for your question on HCM.
I can understand your situation and problem. Honestly speaking stage 4 pancreatic cancer is having very poor prognosis. No question of five year survival rate as it is very negligible.
Life expectancy in stage 4 pancreatic cancer is less than 9 months. But when...
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Hi I am my sister is suffering from lyomyosarcoma (pancreatic cancer) she has got her pancreas removed through surgery.and now she has very high sugar(400) we dont understand what diet we should give to her as she feels hungry all the time.please suggest me diet for her
Hello thanx for using hcm,
As she got her pancreas removed so you should watch how much carbohydrates you are giving as there is no insulin.
Give small meals restricting to right portion size.
Use more of whole grains avoid refined sugars like juices , sweets and sweetened drinks and starches...
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Does pancreatic cancer give you sever burps and passing chronic wind,I have a mass on my pancreas they are doing a lung scan tomorrow and blood test I have had sickness diaharea and lost weight ,my doctor thought it was my hiaiis hernia but now further test have diagnosed mass on ct scan they have said doing more test but have mentioned cancer they are ringing me with answers after tast tomorrow
Thanks for your question on HCM.
I can understand your situation and problem.
Yes, pancreatic cancer (mass) can cause burping and gaseous feeling in stomach.
Pancreas is situated on the posterior aspect of stomach.
So any mass in the pancreas can cause pressure on the stomach.
It also causes...
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i am a pancreatic cancer patient. earlier this week i had a high fever, vomitting, chills, and sweats. now 3 days later i still have no energy and am very weak. i get a little lightheaded when i try to get up. i had bllod and urine work done while in the ER, but it showed nothing...i also have a little back pain
hi.

any type of cancer could produce those systemic symptomatologies that you enumerated especially if the lab works/ancillary studies done are all normal. it is your body reacting to the changes in your body brought about by the cancer itself. i advise you to have a close follow-up with your...
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My doctor wants to do a endoscopic ultrasound of my pancreas with biopsy. I have chronic pancreatis with occasional acute flareups. What are the chances of having pancreatic cancer. I have many calcifications and had severe septic shock 1 year ago, afterwards developed a cyst on my pancreas and had a drain for about 5 weeks. I asked at that time if I had pancreatic cancer, was told no, but I am becoming worried if I do, why else would they want to do the biopsy?

Brief Answer:
to find cancer or other problems

Detailed Answer:
if you have recurrent pancreatitis and the reason as to why you get these episodes is not clear, it is worth it to go for the Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Pancreatic cancer is difficult to pick up sometimes, even with the best...
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my husband has been on chemo since Jan. 31 for pancreatic cancer in his lung he has now having a problems with high bp was wondering if this could cause him to get fatty liver , because his legs and hands swelled last week , that was new never had that before , Im going to talk with his dr. Tuesday about this , he is on a no salt diet from me what do you think ?
Hi
Thank you for sharing with HCM
I read your query and understand your concern
I read carefully about your husband symptoms and those don't seems to be related to blood pressure or liver changes
You have done well avoiding salt in the daily diet
The swelling might be as a side effect of chemo so...
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I have a friend who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer 2 years ago. Now the doctors have said they are concerned with shadows on the liver and kidney. Can you tell me if this is just the progression of the cancer spreading and if there is anything that can be done for it?
Stage 4 pancreatic cancer means cancer which has spread to other body parts. Shadows in liver and kidney may indicate progression. Palliative chemotherapy can be a treatment option. Please discuss with the treating oncologist.
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I have a friend that has been having a rash over her body, now the rash hurts her so bad she cannot stand anything touching it, they performed some test on her today and now they say she has pancreatic cancer
She is a black female in her late 60's is there any hope for her?
Hi

I understand your concern.

I relay admire you for positive outlook for your friend but if she has been already diagnosed as pancreatic cancer then the choice of drugs depends upon its stages.

It can be treated as various modality of treatment like surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

But...
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