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Was the cyst seen on PET CT scan?
they called it a "lesion"
what was the opinion?
any increased uptake?
the pet scan was done five years ago. the opinion then was a follow up in 1 yr
the gi dr who origionally saw it said that it did not look cancerous
I cant remember if it said uptake; I remember it said hypodense
now what is the size now?
they did not give me the details this time. it was over the phone. I think it was 2 or 7mm the first time
ok very small.
As per current studies, the risk of cancer is very low for cysts less than 3 cm.
I am talking about less than 1%
any family history of pancreatic cancer?
well, my grandmother's brother who was in his 70's/80's after having diabetes. And my grandmother did die from something wrong with her pancreas/liver . they had to keep putting a stent in the place between liver and pancreas but it kept blocking
ok chronic pancreatitis.
that is different.
But still, it does not significantly increase your risk.
without any symptoms and no suspicious finding, this is considered a low risk finding.
I have had, for years mid back pain /burning after eating; doctor thinks its just thought it was heartburn. I have problems with digestion, nothing goes through me real fast. and have had mid abdominal pain off and on for years that comes and goes. could it be the cyst leaking?
would it be wise just to remove it or would that cause other problems?
In fact pancreatic problem unlikely since they did not see any problem with the pancreatic duct.
so I should calm down and relax and see what the surgeon suggests, right?
no reason to worry
okay, thank you, XXXXX XXXXX better. I know pancreatic cancer has not really a cure so I am just terrified of it.
one more question, are cysts there common?
cysts are often seen incidentally in about 2% population.
I used to and sometimes binge drink, could this have caused it
okay; thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate it.