Pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer

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Avatar n tn I am 6' and weigh 200lbs. Doctors are stumped. Does anyone have any experience with symptoms of pancreatic cancer?
Avatar n tn Since all your lab works and imaging studies are otherwise normal and you never had any bout of pancreatitis before, a wait and watch policy is likely to be the best course of action for you. Also, the risk of surgery to pancreas is high, so since the side branch lesions are usually harmless, a wait and watch policy is adopted for most lesions less than 3 cm which do not cause dilatation of the main pancreatic duct nor have a solid mass or nodule within them.
Avatar n tn could be pancreas,but if it were,i think you would have more issues....severe weight loss,throwing up alot,hpspitalizations exct. sounds like you might have crohns disease. id check into that,,its more digestive then organ i think,and i kinda know,i have a close friend with chronic pancreatitis.
Avatar n tn Hi, From the research I have done, the chances are greater of you getting Diabetes Mellitus, pancreatic tumors, pancreatic cancer, cystic fibrosis, if you have been diagnosed with and have chronic pancreatitis. The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are similar to that of chronic pancreatitis except with jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes) and dramatic weight loss. Go to your favorite search engine and type in Pancreatic cancer and it should bring up some useful sites.
Avatar m tn What causes bubbles in Urine? What causes Pancreatic Cancer and what alternative treatments are available out there for it? Been through three types of traditional treatments now . Is there any herbs or alternative medicine for my type of cancer?
Avatar f tn Hi, understand your concern. With pancreatitis usually the lipase and amylase values are increased many folds. And if chronic the imaging studies will usually show pancreatic fibrosis. In the absence of these findings its unlikely that you have chronic pancreatitis. The other causes for the pain could be infections of the bowel and bladder, prolapsed intervertebral disc or inflammatory diseases of the colon. So, if your symptoms persist discuss these options with your doctor. Regards.
Avatar n tn Can a mildly enlarged spleen cause me this much pain in the left side of my rib cage? Can pancreatic cancer be ruled out for now after two CT scans with contrast? Should I be concerned about my pancrease after all of this testing or move on? Is there any other tests you would order? My doctor is tellin me that we will re-evaluate this in 6 months.
Avatar f tn I have chronic pancreatitis and this disease is very hard to diagnose and be diagnosable with! The thing that is hard with it is, which you have experienced, your scans can look normal and blood tests also and you still have pain,nausea, fatigue and the whole pancreatitis everything! The ER will not do anything about this because nothing is showing up on any of your tests and according to the its not an "emergency" so get to a GI fast!
Avatar f tn My chocolate lab "Skip" is about 10 years old and developed pancreatitis for the first time. We took him to the doctor he never vomited or diahrea until the day after he got to the vets office. His amalyse was high like 8000 and his glucose and white blood count low but we got an ultrasound to make sure not cancer. He started to show improvements with the IV and antibiotic. Now a week later he is starting to decline and the vet has tried everything.
Avatar n tn I am wondering if there is a correlation between removal of the gallbladder and the pancreatic cancer? I am not certain of what would predispose him to this cancer. Is it possible that removal of the gallbaladder stimulated caner cells in the pancreas? We are taking him to a surgeon to decide if the tumor is resectable. I am just not sure if at his age and with a heart that has undergone bypass surgery, he can handle surgery. Do you have any thoughts on the causes of this cancer?
172023 tn?1334675884 The findings suggest are some of the first evidence that the link between obesity and pancreatic cancer is as strong in women as in men, Juhua Luo of Sweden's Karolinska Institute and colleagues reported in the British Journal of Cancer. "We found that the risk of developing pancreatic cancer was significantly raised in obese postmenopausal women who carry most of their excess weight around the stomach," she said in a statement.
Avatar n tn I'm really worried because I did some research and I read the most common causes for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency are cystic fibrosis (which i dont have) and chronic pancreatitis, and, if you have CP that its not curable and there is a severe lower life expectancy associated with it. Is this all true and does it sound as if I have this?
Avatar m tn I would like to know your thoughts about my condition and what my chances are of developing pancreatic cancer now, because I am only 22 and have already had an unknown case if pancreas inflammation and my blood levels are still abnormal till this day. Just to recap, I had mild pain and abnormal stools, high lipase and amylase (still high to this day, but getting better says my doctor), inflammation shown on mrcp, nothing shown on CT scan, and still abnormal stools.
Avatar m tn I have my CT scan tomorrow but won't have the results until Tuesday. Still nervous as heck about pancreatic cancer possibility until then. Is there any significance that this all started one morning when I woke up and my side hurt. Over the next few days I couldn't lay on that side but it has just got progressively better over a few weeks. I can now sleep on that side or any other way and the pain has got better. Do gallbladder problems tend to be hereditary?
Avatar n tn Yes, one can have acute pancreatitis or chronic pancreatitis. The reason why I think it is your liver and/or pancreas is that you mentioned the hypoglycemia symptom. Inflammation should show up on an US. I still think there is something going on with them. Diarrhea since 19? Please make sure you let the GI physician know about that. I am not sure if that is related to any food intolerance. As far as the antibiotics, I think they were aggrevating your gastritis.
Avatar n tn The doctor suspected something wrong with the pancreas and ordered a LFT and pancreatic enzyme test. The liver function test was normal. However, serum lipase was 1200. The doctor asked me to get a CT scan of the abdomen, which I got done a few days ago. The radiologist reported a 1.8 x 2 cm hypodense pancreatic pseudocyst consistent with acute pancreatitis, but also recommended further imaging to rule out the "much less likely possibility of cystic neoplasm.
Avatar f tn I swear, I am now at the end of my fatty stool tether! I am absolutely scared stiff that I have pancreatic cancer, but due to my age (36), the doctor doesn't seem to be taking this seriously. Family history : dad had stomach cancer at 38 and mum had bowel cancer at 48. Today I asked to be referred privately for an mri of my pancreas, but he thinks I should see a GI instead (again!!). The NHS takes ages to get anything done. I waited nearly 6 months for my gastroscopy and colonoscopy!
Avatar n tn 9 is related to pancreatic cancer, ovary cancer, colon cancer etc. She is 32 and do not have family history of cancer. Her medical report results other than the CA 19.9 is normal. She had done the ultrasound 6 months ago came back normal accept 4cm cyst on the left. She occasionally have abdominal pain and no other symptoms. My question is could it be pancreatic cancer and what should we do next?
Avatar n tn Hi, Scars and calcification in the pancreas are features of chronic pancreatitis. In this condition, the secretion of enzymes and hormones from the pancreas gets affected and this effect depends on how much of the pancreas is affected. There will poor absorption of the nutrients resulting in weightloss and nutritional problems. It may cause diabetes mellitus. It is also a risk factor for pancreatic cancer though the risk is not 100%.
Avatar n tn Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is difficult because the symptoms are non-specific and varied. Smoking and old age are definite risk factors. What is seen in your case probably is a mass in the pancreatic tail which is measuring 3.5cm as per your report. Also noted is increased density in the surrounding fat which is suggesting surrounding spread. Radiologically, undefined borders also indicate surrounding spread.
Avatar m tn I have had an ultra sound and MRCP and both came back normal, the MRCP showed inflammation of my pancreas, I am concerned because my stools are still pale and greasy and my Lipase and Amal. levels are still high. Could i have pancreatic cancer???
Avatar n tn My wife is Brazilian and 45 years old with no Hx of Cancer in her family. What would be some other possible reasons for this mass besides Cancer, and should this be something to be really worried about? She states she has no GI symptoms and says she feels fine. Blood test results reveal a decreased WBC and she is slightly anemic.
Avatar n tn A variety of diagnostic studies are available for the diagnosis and staging of pancreatic cancer, with varying sensitivity and specificity. Routine laboratory tests may reveal a rise in the serum bilirubin concentration and alkaline phosphatase activity, and the presence of mild anemia. The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, however, is typically made radiographically and histologically (i.e. via biopsy).
Avatar n tn I have a family history of cancer (my father died from colon cancer). My doctor asked me if I have lost any weight...I have not and have actually GAINED. And...do physicians normally remove mass' this large or just drain it?
Avatar f tn The results of the study at the National Cancer Institute found that women who have higher food and total intakes of folate face a significantly lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Protection seemed to increase with higher intake of folate.
Avatar f tn what are the causes of of swelling in the common bile duct (aside a post gallbladder removal, which i dont know how, but my Dr is convinced it doesnt have to do with that) and could it relate to the pancreatic insufficiency or the nodes? My pancreatic elastase test was severely low @ 48 (>200 I'd normal) is this something that would warrant going threw more testing to find out why?
1351490 tn?1276989667 In 2008 the high calcium problem reoccurred, another tumor had completely cover the second parathyroid gland, it was removed along with two large tumors from the thyroid gland, leaving two small by Dr. Norman. The Pancreatic Cancer, now Autoimmune Pancreatitis was and is a result of my extreme thyroid problems. In 2006 I developed sever stomach problems (acid reflux, gas discomfort, etc) and my Gastroentrologist can't seem to remedy the problem, but he agrees there is a problem.
Avatar m tn Or in some cases the common bile duct can spasm and that can result in a backup of bile and pancreatic fluids and that is result in pancreatitis. I know your both probably worried about money, but at the very least he should get his liver and pancreatic enzyme levels checked. If the pancreatic enyme levels are high, he may have to consider seeing a doc. I hate to say that, but believe me you do not want his pancreas impacted in any adverse manner.
Avatar n tn My grndmother dies from pancreatic cancer, my father has alcoholic pancreatitis, and my sister has pancreatitis. Many DR. we have talked with say this disease is NOT hereditary but I feel that in many cases it is. My father was an alcoholic most of my life, now recovered he has this lasting effect. His pancreas is severly damaged, the DR said if he drank again it would kill him.
Avatar f tn hi i have been having pain under my mid rib cage for almost all my life around 20 years ago i went to the er for the pain xrays showed my gall bladder was enlarged they admitted me that night and removed it the next morning the doctor said it was badly diseased but i still continued to have the pain my stomach doctor said i have barretts esphogus and did a nissen wrap to avoid cancer it failed and i had to have another that also failed so the third surgery was a bad one they had to remove half m