Cyst on Pancreas?

Posted by faithann64 @faithann64, Feb 25, 2021

So recently i had a CT Abdomen Pelvis w/ Contrast and they found a cystic structure to arise on the Pancreas . Said it could represent a serous/mucinous neoplasm. Anyone knows what that means ??? Thank You. ( 57 year old male.)

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@colleenyoung

Hi @rynol and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I can see you have a new worry and plenty of questions about your husband's potential cyst on the pancreas. Questions like
– how serious is this?
– Should he have a scope done?

You may have noticed that I moved your post to this existing discussion about pancreatic cysts. I did this so you can connect with other members who are asking similar questions like @faithann64 and yet other members who have been there @jeanne5009 @wrolsen @hopeful33250. Click VIEW & REPLY to scroll through the entire discussion, which is very informative.

@rynol, how was the possible cyst discovered? What follow-up tests have been suggested to confirm or rule out a cyst?

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They have suggested that he get a biopsy of a lymph node. We have an appointment with an oncologist tomorrow.

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@rynol

They have suggested that he get a biopsy of a lymph node. We have an appointment with an oncologist tomorrow.

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Hi @rynol, any news? How did the appointment with the oncologist go?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @faithann64,

I can certainly understand your concern about being diagnosed with this type of pancreatic cyst. Was the CT scan done because you were having symptoms of some sort? Are there plans to do an Endoscopic Ultrasound in the near future or some other testing?

I have numerous pancreatic cysts that are monitored and have not changed over the years but I know how disconcerting it is to have anything wrong with your pancreas.

Will you post again and let me know how you are doing?

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So my Gastro Doctors office finally called yesterday and said they scheduled my Endoscopy Ultrasound for Monday the 5th of April. Its been a little over a month since they found the cyst ( Pancreas) on a CT a stomach ?? Having my MRI this Sunday to look at my Pancreas . Nervous because i'm thinking they taken to long ??

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@faithann64

So my Gastro Doctors office finally called yesterday and said they scheduled my Endoscopy Ultrasound for Monday the 5th of April. Its been a little over a month since they found the cyst ( Pancreas) on a CT a stomach ?? Having my MRI this Sunday to look at my Pancreas . Nervous because i'm thinking they taken to long ??

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Hi again @faithann64,

I really appreciate your update. It sounds as if your doctors are following a reasonable protocol. The MRI is the best way to see these cysts and the EUS that you will have sounds appropriate as well. That was the order of my diagnosis, too.

Here is some information from Mayo Clinic's website about pancreatic cysts, https://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/digestive-diseases/news/more-data-needed-to-guide-pancreatic-cyst-management/mac-20430487.

Do your best to not worry (I know that it is easier said than done). If possible, do something to get your mind off of it for now. Once your doctor has the results of the MRI and the EUS you will have more information.

I look forward to hearing from you again. Will you post an update after your procedures?

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@hopeful33250

Hi again @faithann64,

I really appreciate your update. It sounds as if your doctors are following a reasonable protocol. The MRI is the best way to see these cysts and the EUS that you will have sounds appropriate as well. That was the order of my diagnosis, too.

Here is some information from Mayo Clinic's website about pancreatic cysts, https://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/digestive-diseases/news/more-data-needed-to-guide-pancreatic-cyst-management/mac-20430487.

Do your best to not worry (I know that it is easier said than done). If possible, do something to get your mind off of it for now. Once your doctor has the results of the MRI and the EUS you will have more information.

I look forward to hearing from you again. Will you post an update after your procedures?

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Yes, Thank you.

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So I had the upper endoscopy ultrasound of my Pancreas this morning of the cyst. The cyst is on the head of the pancreas. Surgeon said it's Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms. He did do a biopsy. Basically he told me will wait on results and just keep an eye on the cyst ?? Have follow up in 3 weeks. So I guess the next step is to wait on biopsy results ?

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@faithann64

So I had the upper endoscopy ultrasound of my Pancreas this morning of the cyst. The cyst is on the head of the pancreas. Surgeon said it's Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms. He did do a biopsy. Basically he told me will wait on results and just keep an eye on the cyst ?? Have follow up in 3 weeks. So I guess the next step is to wait on biopsy results ?

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@faithann64 I appreciate the update.

Yes, waiting for the biopsy results is the thing to do right now.
Did the doctor indicate when he/she would have the results?

I would like to invite @mariouk to this conversation who has a similar experience to yours.

I look forward to hearing from you again.

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Has anyone have a cyst on pancreas that turned into cancer over time ? Waiting on my biopsy but if it's not cancer is there any lifestyle changes & eating habits that can help it not turning into cancer ??? Thanks

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@jeanne5009

Hi! I am a caregiver for a 76 year old man who had gall bladder surgery and developed several cysts on his pancreas. Your best source of general info is on the Mayo website…just type in whatever you wnt want to know and you will find lots of info on pancreatic cysts. Gary went thru scans to determine if they needed to be removed via the Whipple procedure. It was determined by his gastro dr. and the pancreatic surgeon that one needed to be removed. It was a long process but NO cancer. He is fine today and out on the boat!
My advice….read all you can, find the best drs. in your area, go see them now! Relax! It may be nothing. Gary has 2 more cysts that are being watched and may do nothing.
If you are in FL I can give you good places to start. Just do it cuz Pancreatic cancer moves very fast…you have to be faster!

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I have 2 cysts on pancreas.Dr doesn’t seem worried about it but I am

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Hello and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, @rexsan20. Can you share a bit more about what was found and why your doctor isn't worried so that other members may provide support?

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@rexsan20

I have 2 cysts on pancreas.Dr doesn’t seem worried about it but I am

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They may not be the kind of cysts that are harmful. I would ask my Dr
to explain further. You always should be comfortable with what your Dr. says and can always consult a new one. Do research yourself always…

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