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  1. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pancreatic Cancer

    WebMD provides you with questions to ask your doctor if you've been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

  2. Stage Information for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)

    Note: The American Joint Committee on Cancer has published the 7th edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, which for the first time incorporates pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors in the same staging system as pancreatic exocrine tumors.[1] The classification of these tumors as benign versus malignant is not always consistent, so the AJCC recommends that all pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors be staged using this system and reported to cancer registries. It also recommends that the protocol developed by the College of American Pathologists for endocrine pancreatic tumors be used to examine and stage specimens.[2]Definitions of TNMThe American Joint Committee on Cancer has designated staging by TNM classification to define pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (islet cell tumors).[1]Table 2. Primary Tumor (T)aa Reprinted with permission from AJCC: Exocrine and endocrine pancreas. In: Edge SB, Byrd DR, Compton CC, et al., eds.: AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 7th ed. New York, NY: Springer,

  3. Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer

    Note: Some citations in the text of this section are followed by a level of evidence. The PDQ editorial boards use a formal ranking system to help the reader judge the strength of evidence linked to the reported results of a therapeutic strategy. (Refer to the PDQ summary on Levels of Evidence for more information.) The low objective response rate and lack of survival benefit with current ...

  4. Recurrent Pancreatic Cancer

    Chemotherapy occasionally produces objective antitumor response,but the low percentage of significant responses and lack of survival advantage warrant use of therapies under evaluation.[ 1 ] STANDARD TREATMENT OPTIONS: Chemotherapy (fluorouracil [ 2 ] or gemcitabine [ 3,4,5 ]). Palliative surgical bypass procedures,endoscopic or radiologically placed stents.[ 6,7 ] Palliative radiation ...

  5. Treatment Options for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

    A link to a list of current clinical trials is included for each treatment section. For some types or stages of cancer, there may not be any trials listed. Check with your doctor for clinical trials that are not listed here but may be right for you.Gastrinoma Treatment of gastrinoma may include supportive care and the following:For symptoms caused by too much stomach acid, treatment may be a drug that decreases the amount of acid made by the stomach.For a single tumor in the head of the pancreas:Surgery to remove the tumor.Surgery to cut the nerve that causes stomach cells to make acid and treatment with a drug that decreases stomach acid.Surgery to remove the whole stomach (rare).For a single tumor in the body or tail of the pancreas, treatment is usually surgery to remove the body or tail of the pancreas.For several tumors in the pancreas, treatment is usually surgery to remove the body or tail of the pancreas. If tumor remains after surgery, treatment may include either:Surgery to

  6. Treatment Option Overview

    There are different types of treatment for patients with pancreatic cancer. Different types of treatment are available for patients with pancreatic cancer. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment),and some are being tested in clinical trials. Before starting treatment,patients may want to think about taking part in a clinical trial. A treatment clinical trial is a ...

  7. Changes to This Summary (01 / 23 / 2013)

    The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above.Images were added to this summary.

  8. Stages of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

    The plan for cancer treatment depends on where the NET is found in the pancreas and whether it has spread. The process used to find out if cancer has spread within the pancreas or to other parts of the body is called staging. The results of the tests and procedures used to diagnose pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are also used to find out whether the cancer has spread. See the General Information section for a description of these tests and procedures. Although there is a standard staging system for pancreatic NETs, it is not used to plan treatment. Treatment of pancreatic NETs is based on the following: Whether the cancer is found in one place in the pancreas.Whether the cancer is found in several places in the pancreas.Whether the cancer has spread to lymph nodes near the pancreas or to other parts of the body such as the liver, lung, peritoneum, or bone.There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body.The three ways that cancer spreads in the body are:Through tissue.

  9. Cellular Classification of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)

    Table 1. Endocrine Tumors of the PancreasIslet CellsSecreted Active AgentTumor and SyndromeACTH = adrenocorticotropin; MSH = melanocyte-stimulating hormone; VIP = vasoactive intestinal peptide; WDHA = watery diarrhea, hypokalemia, and achlorhydria; 5-HT = serotonin.AlphaGlucagonGlucagonoma (diabetes, dermatitis)BetaInsulinInsulinoma (hypoglycemia)DeltaSomatostatinSomatostatinoma (mild diabetes); diarrhea/steatorrhea; gallstonesDGastrinGastrinoma (peptic ulcer disease)A -> DVIP and/or other undefined mediatorsWDHA5-HTACTHMSHCarcinoidCushing syndromeHyperpigmentationInteracinar CellsSecreted Active AgentTumor and SyndromeFPancreatic polypeptideMultiple hormonal syndromesEC5-HTCarcinoid

  10. Get More Information From NCI

    Sources of further information about pancreatic cancer.

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