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Lhearn

Lhearn

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Subject:Diabetes and Cancer

My father died of small cell cancer of the pancreas.  I know that the more typical type of pancreatic cancer can have a  hereditary component.  What about the type he had?  His was not the slow-growing neuroendocrine cancer.  He died 1 yr. and 9 mths. after diagnosis at the age of 72.  He had been diagnosed with type II diabetes about 7-8 yrs. prior to the pancreatic cancer diagnosis.  He does have a mother and brother with type II diabetes so we dont know if the diabetes was related to the pancreatic cancer or not.


Posted: 07 Dec 2009 03:25 PM
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Lhearn

Lhearn

Total Messages 106

Subject:Diabetes and Cancer

According to the literature there is a correlation between type 2 diabetes and pancreas cancer.  It  is not a straight forward relationship.  It is more common to see pancreas cancer in type 2 patients that have been overweight from a young age. 

 

However in regards to heredity persons with a 1st degree relative with diabetes are at an increase risk for developing the disease ( 15-20%). 


Posted: 07 Dec 2009 03:26 PM
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Susant1987

Susant1987

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Subject:Diabetes and Cancer

Thanks, yes, I realize that and am managing to maintain a healthy weight in order to avoid getting type II diabetes.  I am more concerned about and my question was regarding the hereditary factors surrounding the rare type of pancreatic cancer he had.  What are my chances of getting pancreatic cancer?

Thanks,

Susan


Posted: 07 Dec 2009 07:12 PM
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Lhearn

Lhearn

Total Messages 106

Subject:Diabetes and Cancer

I am not aware of any hereditary factors for small cell pancreas cancer and type 2 diabetes.

 

In reviewing the literature it appears that small cell cancer of pancreas is usually a result of the cancer spreading from another site--the pancreas is not the intial site of disease.  There is nothing to success that a person with a relative with small cell pancreas cancer is at increased risk for pancreatic cancer.


Posted: 09 Dec 2009 02:44 PM
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