Patient Comments: Pancreatic Cancer - Causes

What do you suspect are the causes of your pancreatic cancer?

Comment from: LeeshaLove, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 09

My grandfather just passed away from pancreatic cancer on January 3, 2015. He never smoked or drank alcohol and always took vitamins and supplements. My whole family agrees that the cause of his cancer was something almost everyone in America eats every day; wheat. He always ate a lot of bread and even he said before he died that wheat is not the same as it was when he was a boy. It has been tampered with so that it is no longer as healthy as people think. Yet another food with chemical additives that humans should not be consuming.

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Comment from: Addiction and PC, Male (Patient) Published: June 17

Cigarettes, methamphetamine addiction and years of heroin addiction led to stage 3 adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. Stop smoking and do not do hard drugs.

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Comment from: Tracey, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 11

Alcohol abuse is in my opinion the primary cause of pancreatic cancer.

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Comment from: SusanG, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

In 2001, I was diagnosed with T-cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and was treated with high-dose CHOP chemotherapy. One of the side effects of this chemotherapy is secondary cancers and true to its word, I have had a new cancer every five years like clockwork. Breast cancer twice, and pancreatic cancer eighteen months ago. I had a successful Whipple Procedure and did not even need chemotherapy or radiation follow-up.

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Comment from: MILS, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: June 16

My grandmother has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She is a smoker and is 85 years old. Smoking caused the cancer, she has severe weight loss and loss of appetite.

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Comment from: oregonlefty, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 22

Alcohol and smoking may cause pancreatic cancer but I don"t believe doctors really know. My aunt and grandmother never smoked or used alcohol and they both died of pancreatic cancer.

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Comment from: Pattjo, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 13

One of the major causes of pancreatic cancer (as well as other cancers) is smoking. As a very heavy smoker, my husband was just diagnosed with Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. The radiologist who did the ultrasound told me he had about a year. We will find out the final pathology results this week and whether the tumor is resectable. He was 175 pounds six months ago. He now weighs 130. If you are a smoker – quit now.

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