I just read that Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and this deeply saddens me to no end. I was reading in the article that diabetes is one of the risk factors of this very deadly form of cancer. My question is, does anyone know the percentage of diabetics that are actually diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?
He was an alcoholic for a long time. That may have contributed to the cancer.
Yes, and I just found out that he smokes too, which surprises me with how fit he was. I know that diabetes didn't contribute to his, but the article said that diabetes was one of the risk factors, next to the other 2 that he did.
I am 59, female, non-smoker, non-drinker, slightly overweight (dropped 65 lbs over three yrs ago) down from morbidly obese. Have been a diet and exercise controlled T2 for nearly four years (last A1c 5.9). In April 2007, I had a Whipple Procedure to remove a precancerous (biopsied post Whipple) IPMT (intraductal papillary mucinous tumor) from the head of my pancreas. Whipple took 71/2 hrs, 1/3 of my pancreas, gall bladder (no stones - just precautionary), and 10 cc of my duodenum. My pyloric valve and stomach were reattached to another part of small intestine. In the past year I've had shingles, acute telogen effluvium, blepharitis, cystitis, and vaginitis, a host of minor stomach and GI problems. Oh, the vulgarities and insults of growing old (so much better than the alternative)!! Over the same 12 months: I taught one grand daughter the Latin genus & species of a dozen trees, watched the younger one learn to walk and talk, walked an hour nearly every morning with my faithful pooch, swam in two oceans and a sea, laid a brick sidewalk, planted a dozen rose bushes, read nearly 40 books (some for the second time), laughed out loud & hearty each day, held my husband close ... enjoyed my life! Within a month of my surgery, my baby sister (49) was diagnosed with rectal cancer. She had radiation, colostomy (since reversed) and 6 months of chemo. So far, both our follow up cat scans /blood tests have been clean! We both question the envrionmental/genetic/lifestyle factors that may have contributed to our illnesses. MDs have told us both that we, obviously, have a genetic predisposition for developing cancers of mucinous organs. Our father died in 2001 from stomach cancer. My endo, GP, and surgeon keep each other apprised. I posed the diabetes/pancreatic cancer connection question to the experts. In my case, genetics/lifestyle and diabetes 'probably' all played a part. And so, despite or because of it all I tell everyone:"I am the luckiest woman in the world!"
Living well with T2 and loving it,
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