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    Pancreatic Cancer on the Rise

    when our new family doctor saw hubby he commented that he felt Pancreatic Cancer is on the rise because he was seeing more patients with it. So I looked it up and he was right. The Chart in the report on the right is concerning to say the least.

    http://www.pancan.org/section_resear...nce_report.php
    July 22 2011 Hubby (64) Diagnosed PanCan. Sept2011- Feb 2012: Abraxane/Gemcitabine. Feb-May 2012:Gemcitabine only. June-Sept 2012 5FU. Sept 4-no more chemo - Just living life. Multiple stents. Jan 2013/18 month mark. Mets everywhere. Looking for a bumper sticker that says 'Stay at safe distance - Driver suffering caregiver burnout'. Hospice Thurs Feb 28 2013. March 12 2013 he went off to his new adventure where we will one day meet again. It was 20 months from date of diagnosis until now.

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    I can't help wondering if this is a genuine rise in cases of pancreatic cancer, rather than a reflection of higher life expectancy and improvements in treatment of other life threatening cancers - and perhaps a reduction in tobacco related deaths, cancerous and otherwise.

    What might cause an increase of pancreatic cancer?

    David

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    The first oncologist my mom saw said that pancreatic cancer is on the rise and by all accounts doctor's do not know why. I can't help but wonder if it is something to do with our increasing type 2 diabetes rates?? Who knows, it sucks none-the-less.

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    I suppose that it is possible that in past decades pancreatic cancers were to some degree under reported

    But as you say, maybe the dietary changes that affect diabetes have a lot to do with a genuine rise.

    David

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    Hi All

    Major risk factors for Pancan are 1. Age...median age at diagnosis is 72, diagnosis under 35 is rare. 2. Diabetes 3.Obesity. There are many others but these are the ones that crop up at the head of most lists
    Given that people are living longer than ever before and we have an obesity 'epidemic', for want of a better word, as well as a huge increase in type 2 diabetes in my view it is no wonder rates are increasing.

    Other risk factors are smoking, alcohol consumption, excessive consumption of soft drink, hereditary risk, chronic pancreatitis and poor diet.
    Age 58
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    Finished six cycles of R chop 21 26th May 2008
    Officially in remission 9th July 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 1st October 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 17th June 2009
    Remission reconfirmed 7th June 2010
    Remission reconfirmed 6th July 2011
    NED on the 2/01/2013
    No more scheduled visits to the Prof
    http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=9620

    RULE NUMBER 1.....Don't Panic
    RULE NUMBER 2..... Don't forget rule Number 1

    Great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

    I may not have gone where I intended to go,
    but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

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    My dad wasn't obese, he was very thin all of his life, in great shape, no diabetes, never ate fast food and never drank soda and zero health problems. He did smoke, however I have talked to some people who never smoked and were diagnosed. It's the million dollar question.


    Laura
    Dad diagnosed with Stage IV PC with mets to liver March 4, 2011 ~ Died 11 months later, February 4, 2012.

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    Cancer itself is on the rise and type 2 diabetes is so preventable.
    31 when dx with stage 4 FNHL very young. 6 cycles of RCHOP14 then 2 of COP14
    Which put me in remission. Couldn't have maintaince as mabthera lowered white cell count so far still in remission.

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    The British Journal of Cancer indicates processed meats being a problem. They were my addiction.

    "Conclusion:

    Findings from this meta-analysis indicate that processed meat consumption is positively associated with pancreatic cancer risk. Red meat consumption was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in men. Further prospective studies are needed to confirm these findings."
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    Diagnosed April 17, 2012 - Stage 4 pancreatic cancer with mets to liver, possibly lungs.
    Started Folfurinox May 16, 2012 - every three weeks.
    Nasty blood clots with PIC - went to VAD - now on dalteparin and neupogen.
    During the summer, dropped Leucovorin and now on smaller doses of others and went to every two weeks.
    Wicked cold/flu for more than a month, now on Ciprofloxacin.
    Found out cold an flu is probably side effects from Irinotecan. (stuffy nose)
    6 more oxi, irino, and 5 FU, scheduled - full doses.

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    Hi All

    Risk factors are not causes. Many smokers do not get lung cancer yet it is a major risk factor. At the end of the day its probably down to your Genes. The one thing mentioned in most of the texts I read was that Pan Can is slow growing at first and by the time you are diagnosed you have probably had it for 10 or more years. An early detection test would be welcome.
    Age 58
    Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma
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    Finished six cycles of R chop 21 26th May 2008
    Officially in remission 9th July 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 1st October 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 17th June 2009
    Remission reconfirmed 7th June 2010
    Remission reconfirmed 6th July 2011
    NED on the 2/01/2013
    No more scheduled visits to the Prof
    http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=9620

    RULE NUMBER 1.....Don't Panic
    RULE NUMBER 2..... Don't forget rule Number 1

    Great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

    I may not have gone where I intended to go,
    but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShelleyA View Post
    The British Journal of Cancer indicates processed meats being a problem. They were my addiction.

    "Conclusion:

    Findings from this meta-analysis indicate that processed meat consumption is positively associated with pancreatic cancer risk. Red meat consumption was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in men. Further prospective studies are needed to confirm these findings."
    Upon being told of diagnosis stage IV PC, reserach staff sent hubby home with a questionnaire. I kick myself for not taking it myself - but hubby read and completed it. he said 'they kept asking about whether i ate sandwiches with lunch meat". For a year he's been brownbagging it to save money. Fuck you cannot win for losing!

 

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