4-Year-Old Australian Boy Receives World’s First Artificial Pancreas

  • metta

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    Jan 24, 2015 7:42 AM GMT
    4-Year-Old Australian Boy Receives World’s First Artificial Pancreas

    http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/4-year-old-australian-boy-receives-world-s-first-artificial-pancreas
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    Jan 24, 2015 1:15 PM GMT
    I wonder if this device will allow a cancerous pancreas to be removed? Pancreatic cancer is one of the least curable of all cancers; it's a death sentence in the majority of cases.

    I have a personal reason for wondering. My husband lost an older sister to pancreatic cancer. And also a niece of his lost her husband to it last year, only in his 40s and leaving his wife and young daughter behind. He & I were good friends.

    You may recall the actor Patrick Swayze died of it a few years ago, meaning even the rich & famous cannot overcome this cancer. I would like to learn more, and whether there is any hope for cancer patients with this approach.
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    Jan 24, 2015 4:07 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI wonder if this device will allow a cancerous pancreas to be removed? Pancreatic cancer is one of the least curable of all cancers; it's a death sentence in the majority of cases.

    I have a personal reason for wondering. My husband lost an older sister to pancreatic cancer. And also a niece of his lost her husband to it last year, only in his 40s and leaving his wife and young daughter behind. He & I were good friends.

    You may recall the actor Patrick Swayze died of it a few years ago, meaning even the rich & famous cannot overcome this cancer. I would like to learn more, and whether there is any hope for cancer patients with this approach.


    And Steve Jobs if my memory is correct.

    I lost my maternal grandmother to this.

    I've read that I have an 8x higher chance of pancreatic cancer because of diabetes.
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    Jan 24, 2015 4:45 PM GMT
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    I've read that I have an 8x higher chance of pancreatic cancer because of diabetes.

    I don't recall knowing you have diabetes.

    Yes, there are a number of related health issues you need to monitor with diabetes, as I'm sure you know.

    Regarding the pancreas, I'm not sure what can be checked with certainty, short of an invasive biopsy.

    In my case, my husband told me how horribly painful his own prostate biopsy had been when he had cancer. And they only took 4 samples.

    So I was dragging my feet, even though my GP was yelling at me to see a urologist for a biopsy.

    Turns out the procedure had improved in recent years, and I had selected a top-rated doctor. He took out 12 samples, and it was so easy I told him he could take out 12 more if he wanted! We both laughed. But he found I had cancer, very aggressive, and I had to act quickly, which I did.

    You need to monitor this, by whatever method your doctors advise. I was sluggish, and I'm not out of the danger window yet. Don't you do the same.
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    Jan 24, 2015 5:35 PM GMT
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    freedomisntfree said
    I've read that I have an 8x higher chance of pancreatic cancer because of diabetes.

    I don't recall knowing you have diabetes.

    Yes, there are a number of related health issues you need to monitor with diabetes, as I'm sure you know.

    Regarding the pancreas, I'm not sure what can be checked with certainty, short of an invasive biopsy.

    In my case, my husband told me how horribly painful his own prostate biopsy had been when he had cancer. And they only took 4 samples.

    So I was dragging my feet, even though my GP was yelling at me to see a urologist for a biopsy.

    Turns out the procedure had improved in recent years, and I had selected a top-rated doctor. He took out 12 samples, and it was so easy I told him he could take out 12 more if he wanted! We both laughed. But he found I had cancer, very aggressive, and I had to act quickly, which I did.

    You need to monitor this, by whatever method your doctors advise. I was sluggish, and I'm not out of the danger window yet. Don't you do the same.


    "I don't recall knowing you have diabetes."

    We talked about it on the phone last time we talked. I had just found out. Not like I haven't had clear signs of it for years, maybe decades.

    A B/G of 385 was a wee bit on the high side the night I felt so bad that I finally went to an urgent care clinic. They wanted me to go straight to the hospital, but of course I refused.

    I'd probably be dead by now if it weren't for the amount of physical activity I get. But it forced great big changes in diet plus even more robust physical exercise. I used exercise as a method for a fix for I ate, but oh noooos that's not quite enough.

    When we get the family house cleaned out and sold, and I get moved, time for another road bike and start piling on the miles.
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    Jan 31, 2015 6:15 AM GMT
    Diabetes Technology Inches Closer To An Artificial Pancreas

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/30/382172052/diabetes-technology-inches-closer-to-an-artificial-pancreas