Frequently Asked Questions

Expert answers to common questions about pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer and Genetics
Question My mother recently passed away at the age of 49 after a 4-week battle with pancreatic cancer. I have read that certain types of pancreatic cancer can be genetic. ..
Pancreatic Enzymes and Suggested Doses
Question Why is it important to take pancreatic enzymes? My doctor said I may have to adjust them and take more than initially prescribed. Why is this? How do I ..
When to Take Pancreatic Enzymes
Question When is the best time to take pancreatic enzyme tablets- before, during, or after a meal? Answer Lauren Ginipro, Registered Dietician at Penn Medicine responds: Pancreatic enzymes should be ..
Weight loss and Pancreatic Cancer
Question Could you discuss weight loss and pancreatic cancer? Lauren Ginipro, Registered Dietician at Penn Medicine responds: Pancreatic patients often have difficulty with early satiety and loss of appetite which ..
"Warning Signs" of Pancreatic Cancer
Question My grandfather was just diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. He was feeling completely fine until just few weeks ago. We are all so surprised by this. Could there have ..
Hospice Care for Pancreatic Cancer
Question My wife was just diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. There are no options for treatment and the doctor is recommending hospice. Can you help us find some resources for ..
Pancreatic Cancer and Family History
Question I've heard that pancreatic cancer is rare. If that is true, what are the odds that I would have two relatives who both passed away from this disease? Answer ..
Diabetes After Pancreatic Cancer
Question If I have pancreatic cancer, will I have diabetes? Answer Ursina Teitelbaum, MD, Medical Oncologist at Penn Medicine responds: Some patients develop diabetes after pancreatic surgeries but usually only ..
The Etiology of Pancreatic Cancer
Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts," Hello. On Wednesday, I received the unfortunate news that my mother did indeed have a malignant tumor on her pancreas. The tumor has attached itself ..
Heredity of Pancreatic Cancer
Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts," Is pancreatic cancer hereditary? What other risk factors are associated with pancreatic cancer?   Thanks! Li Liu, MD, OncoLink Editorial Assistant, responds: Dear T, Thank ..
Pancreatic Cancer in Dogs
Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts," I have a 12-year-old female doberman. She has been diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas with lesions in the liver also. She also has a ..
Managing Diarrhea With Pancreatic NET
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts," Can you recommend foods that could help to relieve my diarrhea? Also, if I have a pancreatic NET, do you think pancreatic enzymes would help ..
Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco
Question My son uses "chew" (smokeless tobacco), is this harmful even though there is no smoking involved? Answer Gloria DiLullo, MSN, CRNP, OncoLink Content Specialist, responds: Chew as well as ..
Weight and Cancer Risk
Question I know being overweight can lead to many health problems, how is it connected with cancer? Answer Gloria DiLullo, MSN, CRNP, OncoLink Content Specialist, responds: While what we eat ..
Safety of Clinical Trials
Question My doctor has asked me to consider a clinical trial as my treatment. Are these trials safe? Could it really be better than the treatment that most people get ..
Nutrition and Diarrhea After Whipple Surgery
Question I have had such a hard time with eating after Whipple surgery. Can you help me to get better nutrition and to deal with the diarrhea? Do certain foods ..
Safety With Oral Chemotherapy Medication
Question I was given an oral chemotherapy to take at home. What should I know about safety regarding having a medication like this at home? Gloria DiLullo, Oncology Nurse Practitioner ..
Spousal Support Groups for Cancer Treatment
Question How can I find a support group for my wife going through cancer treatment? What about for spouses? Answer Christina Bach, Oncology Social Worker at Penn Medicine responds: There ..
Rash From Tarceva
Question I have a rash from Tarceva that looks like acne. Should I use acne products on it to make it go away? Ursina Teitelbaum, MD, Medical Oncologist at Penn ..
Help Finding Resources During Cancer Treatment
Question If my cancer center doesn't have a social worker, who can help me with financial concerns, insurance problems, co-pay assistance? Answer Christina Bach, Oncology Social Worker at Penn Medicine ..
The Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Given Together
Question My doctor wants me to take chemo and radiation at the same time. Won't this make me too sick? Answer Ursina Teitelbaum, MD, Medical Oncologist at Penn Medicine responds: ..
Estate Planning and Legal Advice During Cancer
Question Where can I go for help with legal issues in terms of estate planning and making sure my family is taken care of when I die? Answer Christina Bach, ..
Finding Support for Kids During Cancer Treatment
Question How can I help my kids deal with their dad's illness? Some say to keep things as normal as you can, but I feel nothing is "normal" anymore. Answer ..
Daily Radiation
Question Why do I have to come in everyday for radiation? Can't it be more spaced out? Answer Ursina Teitelbaum, MD, Medical Oncologist at Penn Medicine responds: Radiation requires daily ..
What To Say To Family Members With Cancer?
Question If a member of my family has pancreatic cancer, what should I do? I feel so worthless. I want to help, but don't know what to do or say. ..
Are my Kids at Risk for Colon Cancer?
Question I am 43 years old and was recently diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. Are my kids or other family members at risk for colon cancer since I am ..
Making a Survivorship Care Plan
Question Now that I completed chemotherapy for my cancer, I am nervous to not have as much contact with my oncology team. What should I know about being a "survivor" ..
Chemotherapy Safety at Home
Question I am taking chemotherapy (5-FU) via a pump connected to my port at home. What should I know about safety regarding having chemotherapy at home? Answer Gloria DiLullo, Oncology ..
Is 5FU Safe for Cardiac Patients?
Question My mother is in her late 60s and has had heart problems in the past. Is it safe for her to get 5-FU for colon cancer treatment? Answer Liz ..
Life after Stomach Cancer
Question Are there any long term concerns of having your stomach removed for stomach cancer? Answer Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN OncoLink Nurse Educator responds: You can create a survivorship ..
Helping your Children Cope During your Cancer Treatment
Question Could you help us find some resources for support for our children to help them deal with my wife's cancer diagnosis? Answer Christina Bach, Oncology Social Worker at Penn ..
African Americans should have Colonoscopy Screening at a Younger Age
Question I recently heard that the screening age for African Americans to get a colonoscopy is starting at age 45. Why is it not 50 like other people? Answer Carolyn ..
Treatment Options for Stage II Colon Cancer
Question I was diagnosed with a stage II colon cancer. I am really just ok with only surgery? How can my doctor be sure I don't need chemotherapy or radiation? ..
Dietary Recommendations  after Esophageal Cancer Treatment
Question My husband is undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer and is losing a lot of weight. He barely has an appetite and finds it hard to eat when he does ..
Cancer Treatment and Workplace Disclosure
Question Do I have to notify my employer about my cancer diagnosis? I am worried about losing my job. Christina Bach, Oncology Social Worker at Penn Medicine responds: You are ..
Retrograde Ejaculation after Radiation for Rectal Cancer
Question My doctor said that a side effect of radiation for rectal cancer is retrograde ejaculation. What does this mean? Will it hurt me? Will it go away? Answer Bruce ..
"Dumping Syndrome" after Surgery
Question Can you help me better manage "dumping syndrome?" I have had such a hard time with eating after my stomach cancer surgery. Do certain foods make it worse? Is ..

News
Skin Cancer Incidence Up After Pancreas Transplantation

Sep 24, 2012 - Nonmelanoma skin cancers commonly occur after pancreas transplantation, particularly in those who have a history of skin cancer, according to a study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.



I Wish You Knew

Pancreatic Cancer & Family History

View More



Blogs and Web Chats

OncoLink Blogs give our readers a chance to react to and comment on key cancer news topics and provides a forum for OncoLink Experts and readers to share opinions and learn from each other.




OncoLink OncoPilot

Facing a new cancer diagnosis or changing the course of your current treatment? Let our cancer nurses help you through!

Learn More