Skip to comments.Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosed Earlier, Patients Living Longer
Posted on 02/06/2020 5:19:47 PM PST by nickcarraway
A new trends analysis shows a significant increase in the number of patients diagnosed with stage-IA pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) in recent years and a decrease in the average age at diagnosis. These patients are also living longer.
"Survival for patients with stage IA pancreatic cancer is much better than people realize and it has gotten better in recent years," Dr. Michael Goggins of The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, MD, told Reuters Health by email.
Dr. Goggins and colleagues analyzed trends in newly-diagnosed stage-1A PDAC between 2004 and 2016 using the National Cancer Institute's SEER database.
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That’s one caner I haven’t had yet.
We have 2 friends who survived this terrible disease for 10 years. They are active and enjoying their extra time.
A month ago, one of our closest friends died after a gruesome 5 year battle.
What if cancer is curable 100% and God has been trying to send the person that will cure cancer to Earth and every time that person gets aborted? For the past 50 years.
God has the cure for cancer. We as a people just keep killing the messenger.
Thirty years ago my husband’s uncle was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His doctor told him to get his affairs in order. Uncle Pat died three months to the day of his diagnosis. Treatment has come a long way since then. Hopefully cancers will be totally curable.
Sounds about right. In the same time frame my 50 year old, active and perfectly healthy father in law went from absolutely no sign of cancer to dead of pancreatic cancer in six months.
I just read that there are virtually no symptoms. I wonder how they are screening to catch the cancer sooner?
I wonder if it’s from an incidental finding on abdominal CT scans.
For instance, the ER will do a CT at the drop of a hat if they suspect appendicitis or diverticulitis, or just for unexplained abdominal pain.
RBG’s early stage was found when investigating her gallbladder or something.
There are a couple tell-tale signs. One is a blood test looking for CA-19, but its not absolute.
They found my wifes by a huge jump in liver Enzymes. Generally, there are very few symptoms. And because of where the pancreas is located it is hard to see without going down your throat with an ultrasound.
It is a shitty disease. There is one course of treatment. They find one cell, and you are on chemo for six months and a life changing surgery.
The pancreas and the gall bladder interact with each other all the time. Usually the PC will block the duct from the gallbladder and it screws up your digestion.
I am saddened to hear youve had so many types of cancer.
Congratulations on getting through them, though! One used to be a life sentence.
Adenocarcinoma sneaks up on you. Many people are nearly dead before it presents itself.
In the last nine months my wife had 8 weeks of 5-FU, the elephant gun of chemo formulas. Then Whipple surgery, which is basically the surgeons having a wild frat party in your guts for 8 hours. Then another 16 weeks of 5-FU. She has lost 50 lbs.
We caught it in stage 1b. Praise God.
wow, I certainly hope your wife does well, especially since it seems it was caught early! My mother is dealing with salivary duct carcinoma - high grade. It literally popped up out of nowhere in about 3 weeks and it too late for surgery. It was like we couldn’t get doctor appointments and special tests done to keep ahead of it’s growth. Chemo won’t work on this kind of tumor...so we’re trying radiation as a palliative thing that will hopefully buy her a little time. But my best to you and your wife and her fight with cancer!
It seems to have helped RBG ...
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