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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Noninvasive screening measures for pancreatic
I recently discovered that I have a BRCA-2 mutation which has a correlation with pancreatic cancer-though not high. But, my uncle and first male cousin both died of pancreatic cancer-I am not certain of their BRCA status though they were both from my dad`s family and BRC was from my dad. I am 48 and do not want to go under general anasthesia for screening measures and am wondering if there are any other screening options. Please help and advise.
That's correct about the increased risk especially with the family history. I would advise to see a gastroenterologist with expertise in pancreas cancer. Some recommendations include CT of pancreas protocol and then endoscopic ultrasound of pancreas which is very good test to look at whole of pancreas; this does not require general anesthesias.
Malek Safa, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati