Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer

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Finding might lead one day to test for a disease that's hard to detect before advanced stages



Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:19 AM

Perhaps thre are no comments thus far because readers of this news flash, like myself, are too dumbfounded with shock and hope and awe to make a comment.

So I will make a lame attempt at being the first.

If the researhers responsible for this work are really onto something, they deserve every possible cancer-research related dollar of funding available from every possible source to be made available to them immediately.  The research should be expanded, doubled, tripled, quadruples, quintupled.. whatever they need, they should be given.

If I read another word about research dollars going to breast cancer I'll scream.

Thu Oct 02, 2014 05:01 AM

I will scream too --- however I am a rare lucky one - I am an almost 8 year pancreatic cancer survivor! ----- in great health and on no medication and just turned 75 years old --- life is good and I am soo thankful!

Thu Oct 02, 2014 07:22 AM

I agree with you! And I'm happy to read oma is 75 yrs old!

Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:42 AM

So happy for you omabina! I just had my surgery a week ago. They found that i had some spots on my liver so they did a gastrjejunostomy and closed me up. I feel aweful and have a terrible time eating due to bitter saliva taste. I don't know much about what is next except I think they plan to do chemo and ? radiation. I'm worried and depressed.

Wed Oct 15, 2014 09:56 PM

My husband Mark age 51 has been 1 year since being told he has Pancreatic Cancer and 1 year since he had the Whipple . He just went for his check up and PET scan ,Everything Fantastic the Dr said. When he came home last year from the hospital he had a feeding tube , then under went 20 weeks of chemo (Gemzar). No radiation. I tell him I believe the feeding tube helped him survive ! Why? Because even though he could eat by mouth , he didn't like the taste or eat enough. So with the feeding machine He was getting Nutrients and vitamins .He has stage 4, One Day at a Time !

Thu Oct 30, 2014 02:01 AM

This is great news to hear!  And great to hear about those living after diagnosis - I went through breast cancer last year and I want to scream about the hoopla of "awareness" too - you can not get a straight answer from the big "cancer" fund collectors as to where the research money is going - here's a novel thought, let's raise money for cancer, period, and not have a month or day here and there - or a walk or a run - people with good intentions five time and money but have no idea where the money goes. Anyone who has been through the torture that is cancer treatment can agree, please ask where your hard earned money is going and support your friends and family going through it.

Thu Oct 30, 2014 02:02 AM

sorry for mis-spelling - the word above is "give" - thanks!

Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:47 AM

so where would one get someone to test for this amino acid?

Tue Jan 06, 2015 04:00 PM

I too had stage 4 pancreatic cancer and a Whipple procedure done followed by 6 months of chemo only to be told 6 months later it was back in my liver and I had 6 months left of life,which I didn't buy because God is the author and finisher of our life. I again went on F5 chemo for 6 months knowing God was in control and I am now 14 months cancer free.,l want you to know that God can do what man cannot . l too would like to see more mention about pancreatic cancer because for years now all we ever hear about is BREAST cancer.its time to move on with other killer cancers!

Thu Jan 08, 2015 03:50 AM

It seems that the "treatable" cancers are getting the advertising and funding. Go into the majority of stores & how many pink ribbon items are there for sale-where are purple?? I didnt even know purple was the color for PC, and guess what-there are colors for all types of cancers. I only knew of pink.  I know breast cancer survivors and its wonderful there are ways to detect it early, its gotta start somewhere but can we please move on now to another cancer? My wife is 49 & stage 4 PC. She was being treated by her Dr of many years for irritable bowel syndrome and they basically said maybe some of her problem was in her head &/or depression related, this went on for 5 MONTHS. How about a CT scan for those experiencing "stomach" issues for no good reason.

Thu Jan 15, 2015 02:44 AM

Interesting comment above.  I sufffered from indigestion and a tender and somewhate distended stomach (although not noticeable to others) and my internist immediately untrasounds of the lower organs.  A pancreatic main duct blockage was identified and  6 weeks later had a extended distal pancreactomy where most of the pancreas were removed.  No cancer was found.  However I go in yearly for an MRCP and also take digestive enzymes with my meals.  I feel so very fortunate and credit my internist with immediate testing.  I could never thank him enough for his thorough diagnosis.  I agree if things are not right, they need to be investigated.  Do not merely treat symtoms.  Best of luck to your wife.  Take heart in the good stories above!

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