Islet cell transplant frees teen from life of chronic pain

13-year-old Randy Lopez is no stranger to pain. Ever since he was a toddler, Randy has battled the pain of a genetic disease called chronic pancreatitis — until now. Thanks to a total pancreatectomy with islet cell transplantation, Randy is looking forward to life without pain. Searching for answers to chronic pain For years, Randy’s … Continue reading Islet cell transplant frees teen from life of chronic pain

Islet cell transplant restores quality of life for man with chronic pancreatitis

Tommy Stone remembers two years of pain and discomfort, several surgeries, many hospitalizations and overwhelming frustration. The 42-year-old resident of Roanoke, Texas, and father of two, turned his frustration into resolve to get to the bottom of what ailed him. Based on his symptoms, he and his wife began researching pancreatic diseases. After talking to … Continue reading Islet cell transplant restores quality of life for man with chronic pancreatitis

Pancreatic cancer: what you need to know

Who is most at risk for pancreatic cancer? People who are at greatest risk are those with chronic pancreatitis and certain genetic syndromes, such as: Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, caused by mutations in the gene BRCA2 Familial pancreatitis, caused by mutations in the gene PRSS1 Hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), also known as … Continue reading Pancreatic cancer: what you need to know