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golleedolly63
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On 5-1-2010 my 41 yr old son found out he has kidney cancer. Monday he goes in for either the cryo procedure or if they can not perform that, he will have his left kidney removed. We do not know to much about his recovery time & what he will be experiencing. He has a high blood reading from his pancreatis. Yet nothing is showing on the cat scan. They are trying to say they do not think he has pancreatic cancer. Yet they give no clue as to why he is having these type of results when his blood is tested.
He is also having pain on left side into back & kidney DR. said he does not think that is caused by the left kidney. He is also having GI problems. Costipation & not having any appetite & not being able to tolerate solid foods. We do not know if he has an intestine infection either. They claim he has no GI blockage & nothing is showing on what test they have run so far. Has anyone had these type of problems. Has anyone had high readings from the pancreas. He has been ill for 4 months & they have not gotten to the bottom of what is causing his symptoms. They just found the cancer in the kidney & they said 4 mo ago that he had a cyst on the left kidney. Apparently he had kidney cancer than. They missed it I think & now they are missing something else. Perhaps we can find out more after they do this surgery. Pray for my son Heath & his wife & chidren. Thank you.

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HeartofSoul
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Joined: Dec 2009

Those elevated enzymes (high readings from his pancreas) could point to pancreatitis, especially acute pancreatitis

I would locate a Endocrinologist who diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems They take care of many conditions including:

•diabetes
•thyroid diseases
•metabolic disorders
•over or under production of hormones
•menopause
•osteoporosis
•hypertension
•cholesterol (lipid) disorders
•infertility
•lack of growth (short stature)
•cancers of the endocrine glands

Have him tested for both Acute pancreatitis and Chronic pancreaatitis which means inflammation of the pancreas. Alcohol abuse and gallstones are the two main causes of pancreatitis, accounting for 80%-90% of all cases. Have blood enzymes measured in lab which are amylase and lipase levels.

The remaining 10%-20% of cases of pancreatitis have various causes, including the following:

•medications,
•exposure to certain chemicals,
•injury (trauma), as might happen in a car accident or bad fall leading to abdominal trauma,
•hereditary disease,
•surgery and certain medical procedures,
•infections such as mumps (not common),
•abnormalities of the pancreas or intestine, or
•high fat levels in the blood.

In about 15% of cases of acute pancreatitis and 40% of cases of chronic pancreatitis, the cause is never known.

1. Acute Pancreatitis
This condition occurs when the pancreas becomes quickly and severely inflamed. The major causes are:

Heavy alcohol ingestion
Gallstones or gallbladder disease
Trauma
Drugs
High blood fats (triglycerides)
Heredity
Unknown factors

Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
The main symptoms of pancreatitis are acute, severe pain in the upper abdomen, frequently accompanied by vomiting and fever. The pain may come on suddenly or build up gradually. If the pain begins suddenly, it is typically very severe. If the pain builds up gradually, it starts out mild but may become severe. The pain is usually centered in the upper middle or upper left part of the belly (abdomen). The pain may feel as if it radiates through to the back or often begins or worsens after eating.

•The pain typically lasts a few days.
•The pain may feel worse when a person lies flat on his or her back.

People with acute pancreatitis usually feel sick. Besides pain, people may have other symptoms.

•Nausea (Some people do vomit, but vomiting does not relieve the symptoms.)
•Fever, chills, or both

2. Chronic Pancreatitis
Some people have pain, but most people do not experience pain. For those people who do have pain, the pain is usually constant and may be disabling; however, the pain often goes away as the condition worsens. This lack of pain is a bad sign because it probably means that the pancreas has stopped working.

Other symptoms of chronic pancreatitis are related to long-term complications, such as the following:

•Inability to produce insulin (diabetes)
•Inability to digest food (weight loss and nutritional deficiencies)
•Bleeding (low blood count, or anemia)
•Liver problems (jaundice)

Diagnosis of this condition is made by measuring blood enzymes and by performing abdominal CT, x-rays, and ultrasound exams. An ERCP endoscopic test is often performed. In this test, a flexible endoscope is passed through the mouth into the intestine while the patient is lightly sedated. A small plastic catheter is inserted into the pancreas ducts and an x-ray dye is injected. The internal anatomy of the pancreas can then be viewed by x-ray.

3. Tests & diagnosis for pancreas cancer

•CT scan of the abdomen
•MRI of the abdomen
•Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
•Endoscopic ultrasound
•Pancreatic biopsy

This disease may also affect the results of the following tests:

•Liver function tests
•Serum bilirubin
•Complete blood count (CBC)

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