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Hi Jennifer, how quickly can the cancer cells spread for a patient with pancreatic head cancer? E.g. two to three months. Would it have made a difference to have diagnosed it earlier or later? (Now it has spread to the abdomen)
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
OK sure, can you answer the question? Thanks.

They can spread within weeks

they are generally very aggressive

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
hypothetically, if a patient has been diagnosed with the terminal pancreatic cancer in March, is there a possibly that it would not have spread to the abdomen, had he found out earlier in January?

very very unlikely

it probably would have spread by then

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
For a 82 year old, wouldn’t the age speed things up though?

No, not really

cancer actually grows slower in the elderly

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