Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Support

Memphis, Tennessee

Amazing Breakthrough in Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

The diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer we've been waiting for may be on its way. If preliminary results are correct, there may be a 3-cent blood or urine test usable in routine screening that will catch pancreatic cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. And that will be thanks to a 15-year old Maryland high school freshman.

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Pancreatic Cancer Educational Opportunities

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network hosts educational events for patients and their loved ones in cities across the United States. They host educational lectures and seminars which are in-person opportunities for patients and families to learn about various topics related to pancreatic cancer from leaders in the field, and to join together in camaraderie. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network also offers webinars, where patients and caregivers can learn about various topics from the comfort of their homes

For further details, please visit www.pancan.org

Increasing The Odds Against Pancreatic Cancer

Many people believe there are no long-term survivors from pancreatic cancer -- but thankfully, that's not true. Ask Richard Luze, associate vice chancellor for development programs at Washington University, who is cancer-free six years after his diagnosis. He received aggressive therapy from Washington University specialist at the Siteman Cancer cneter and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. "I was treated at one of the top places in the Untied States for pancreatic cancer, and some of the best doctors in the country were part of my medical team," Luze says. "They were outstanding, and the care I received was wonderful."

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Contact Patient Central to Learn More About Pancreatic Cancer

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Patient Central is designed as the starting point for patients and their families and caregivers as they undertake their pancreatic cancer journey. By contacting Patient Central, patients and their families and caregivers can receive pancreatic cancer information which includes information about treatment options, diet and nutrition, symptom and pain management, pancreatic cancer specialists, and support resources.

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Serous Cystadenomas

Serous cystadenomas are a type of cystic neoplasm of the pancreas. These lesions are more frequent in those greater than age 70 and are more common in women. They are commonly quite large at the time of diagnosis measuring on average 5-8cm. Even though they are large they almost never cause jaundice and uncommonly will block the pancreatic duct. Thus, they are usually asymptomatic and are most usually found on diagnostic imaging performed for other reasons.

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I Had The Disease But I was Lucky

It's a dread disease. The fourth-highest cause of cancer deaths in the United States, it's usually portrayed as an unstoppable, incurable killer. it has struck some high-profile figures: Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with it. Opera star Luiciano Pavarotti and former Ronald Reagan aide Michael Deaver died of it. So, too, on July 25th, did Randy Pausch, the former Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor whose "last lecture" before a university audience became a YouTube sensation and a bestselling book.

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Mucinous cystadenoma and cystadenocarcinoma

Mucinous cystadenoma is a type of cystic neoplasm. This type of tumor is usually benign when small but can grow and degenerate into a frank cancer. Most patients with these tumors are in their 5th and 6th decade and it is more common in women. Most of these tumors occur in the body and tail of the pancreas. As with serous cystadenomas they can usually be definitely diagnosed with modern diagnostic testing.

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Cystic Neoplasms

Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas represent about 10% of all cysts of the pancreas and ~1% of all pancreatic neoplasms. Much has been learned about the natural history and management of these tumors in the past decade. We are finding more of these lesions than in years past since so many patients receive ultrasounds or CT scans for other reasons and these tumors are found incidentally.

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