Diagnosed with Pancreatic cyst, possible pre cancerous! need avice please

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Hello this is Jenn, I am 51 years old with two children and a stay at home mom.  Last November I went for a Thorasic spine MRI for pinched nerve or herniation.  Upon the results I was told I had a Pancreatic cyst of 2.8 cm on the body of my pancreas and needed further testing.  Had another MRI with and without contrast referred by my gastroenterologist.  The results came back cyst was actually 2.6 cm on my tail.  

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    SORRY I PRESSED ENTER TO SOON!.....So then I went to a Pancreas specialist who sent me to a surgeon.  I had a Pancreatic ultrasound and results came back no cancer, but waiting on Citology and pathology .  At that point they will determine to watch or remove .  But the surgeon is saying remove it by one year or will turn into cancer.  If that is the case my spleen would have to come out too.  Really scared and advice or experiences would be greatly appreciated.

     

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      I can’t believe any Dr would say it will be cancer in a year.  There is no way for him to know that.  I’d definitely get a second opinion before I made any decisions. .  Soooo many live with pancreatic cysts.  

      My husband had his spleen removed 2 yrs ago.  It is not a huge life changer you just have to get flu, pneumonia etc shots.  

      Please try not to let your enxiety get the best of you it will only make you feel worse. 

      Hope all goes well.  Second opinion!!!

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      Thank u Kay for your response, I was really worried about the spleen removal but it’s good to hear it’s not a huge life changer.  I am trying to stay rational, but pancreatic cancer is so deadly it freaks me out.  I will keep you posted on the lab results.  God Bless
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    Hi jennifer.  Just seen your post and I am sure others with more experience and info will reply soon with guidance.

    Frankly my first thought, and of course only what I would do, is have the cyst removed now.  You are fortunate it was found and it may be quite benign, I see you are still awaiting results, but I feel you should follow the knowledge of the specialist.

    I hope you get better informed advice here and I'm probably premature, but wanted

    you to know posters will respond.

    very best wishes,  j   x

     

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      Thank you Jessie that was so thoughtful of you.  I appreciate your response.  I usually get good advice on these forums so I really try to absorb everyone’s opinion. Thank u again
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    Hi. My mum (in her seventies now) has had a pancreatic cyst for over ten years. It’s just under 4cm (that’s the cut off point - over 4cm and it’s removed). As it’s never grown her doctor is saying they won’t monitor it any more unless she gets any symptoms that may indicate a problem. However, I had pancreatic cancer last year (I was 52) so I would make sure your doctor keeps an eye on it. Operations on your pancreas are quite major because of where it lies in the body and not to be undertaken lightly but I’m sure your doctor will explain all that. If there’s a chance of cancer and your doctor suggests removing it, I’d seriously consider it although close monitoring may suffice for now. It’s up to you and your doctor. I had to have a Whipple which is a major procedure and takes up to a year to recover from and that’s without complications. I’ve been lucky and my cancer is gone but it’s been a long road back from the op and chemo and I had no complications.
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      Thank u for your response, I am so happy to hear you beat this cancer. I am finding out how deadly it is.  I have to wait dor the pathology to come back, then I have to make a decision.  God Bless!
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