Patient Comments: Pancreatic Cancer - Causes

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

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: 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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Comment from: 75 or over (Patient) Published: March 11

PAIN ACROSS THE UPPER BACK, NEUSIA UPPER STOMACH, and NO ENERGY are my suspected causes.

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