pancreatic cancer and diabetes?

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2011-02-19 10:27:09 -0600
Started 2011-02-08 09:40:35 -0600

On Dr. Oz the other day, this came up. They think in some cases, you can have pancreatic cancer that brings on the diabetes, or that diabetes can cause pancreatic cancer in other cases. I know pancreatic cancer is on the rise, and so is type 2 diabetes. They said that pancreatic cancer normally won't show any symptoms at all, until it is too late.

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0tina0 2011-02-09 20:17:23 -0600 Report

I had pancreatic cancer. They found it in August 2008 when they were looking for the reason I couldn't take an actual breath… Well the breathing had nothing to do with my pancreas but the MRI showed numerous cycts on the pancreas. I was first diagnosed with IPMN which can be treated with removal of the cysts and leaving a part of the pancreas…but that all changed when they went in. I came out of surgery with diabetes and a bunch of missing body parts. But I am alive and doing really well. You are right, I had no symptoms that could be traced to the cancer at all…the breathing problem was a fungus in my right lung. That fungus actually saved my life.

MewElla 2011-02-10 08:14:13 -0600 Report

Thank God for the fungus in your lung, it literally saved your life.. God Bless you and take care.

rcliff9424 2011-02-09 11:26:35 -0600 Report

I'm so sorry for your loss.
I've been lucky1 somewhat, in a since that I'm still alive. My hands and feet are numb, and have lost any physical desires I was born with. Having to control the way we eat and what we eat is a real pain. I guess I never really believe that this rotten disease will do me in. I read in the "Advanced Blood Sugar Solution" remarks, by a women who was concerned about her sugar, as it read 125. When mine hits that number, I'm happy. When I found that I was a diabetic, I was at 494. I try very hard to control it, but cheat now and then. I don't exercise and am happy sitting in my recliner, as I am doing now. I can only wish for a cure, and it will only be sincere on the Internet when the inventor is willing to give a month supply free without having to give a card number up front.
Be well to you and all.

GabbyPA 2011-02-10 08:07:30 -0600 Report

This was back in 1997 and it seems like yesterday sometimes. I miss him, but he was a great example of willpower and desire to do what is best. He suffered with mild complications that many of us do. He was the first in my family to get diabetes and it was a shock. He grew up on a farm, was a healthy weight most of his life and we always did outdoor things as a family. He was an inspiration for the rest of us as each of us has since been diagnosed with type 2. I only can hope that if I have it, that I can go with the same dignity as he did.

GabbyPA 2011-02-09 08:56:54 -0600 Report

That is what happened to my dad. He had type 2 for several years and it was well controlled with diet, exercise and some oral meds. The doctor told him he had the flu. My mom insisted on further examination and so he went into the hospital. Within a week, he went from a coherent man to someone who was unable to do much at all. We took him home and he waited for his sister to arrive from Minnesota and he died shortly after that. It was hard, but at least it was relatively fast.

tabby9146 2011-02-19 10:26:34 -0600 Report

Im sorry to read that Gabby. It took me a while to get around to reading replies to my own post. I lost my dad, to lung cancer, (two other cancers showed up also) way back in 1987 when I was 22. He was only 62 when he died. Things went from being very hopeful to he has about two months to live and sure enough, it was nearly two months. I am glad he did not suffer long. Soon, it will be 24 years ago and we still miss him as much as ever. So I know how you feel.

MewElla 2011-02-10 08:12:55 -0600 Report

I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. This is very scary at how fast things can progress. I saw my late husband with T2 diabetes with multiple complications and he is the inspiration for me to work as hard as I can to stay under control with my health. When we have someone close to us and we see first hand what happens it puts a "Red Alert" on our determination to find this or anyother disease, don't you think?