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Category Archives: Pancreatic Cancer

New Easier BLOD Test to Help Evaluate Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumors

One of the standard tests to try to diagnose carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors has been the 5-HIAA test – which required a 24-hour sample of urine.  This was often messy, inconvenient, embarrassing, and consequently sometimes inaccurate. The term 5-HIAA stands for 5-Hydroxyindoleacetic acid which is a main metabolite of serotonin – and which is typically […]

Other Reasons Not to Smoke

It’s thought that about 30-40% of cases of pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas) may be attributable to smoking tobacco.   Now comes more research about additional possible bad effects of smoking. Brand and colleagues from the University of Michigan recently published a study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology that showed that alcohol and tobacco […]

RIP Bonnie Franklin – succumbs to pancreatic cancer

Bonnie Gail Franklin passed on today at age 69 due to pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas).  To those of a certain age (this author included) Ms. Franklin will always be associated with Ann Romano, her role as the divorced mother of two in the sitcom “One Day at a Time” on CBS from […]

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