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What is Pancreatic Acinar Cell Carcinoma?

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Acinar cell carcinoma (ACC) of the pancreas is a rare neoplasm that accounts for 1 to 2 percent of pancreatic cancer cases in adults. A 2015 study described pancreatic ACCs as well-circumscribed and partially encapsulated tumors that can arise in any part of the pancreas. They are generally large; averaging a diameter of 8 to 10 centimeters. When cut for further lab analysis, the surface of an ACC tumor appears homogeneous pink to tan, fleshy, and friable inconsistency. Hemorrhage, necrosis, and cystic changes were also reported.

What are the Signs of Pancreatic ACC?

Our cancer care team here at New Hope Medical Center is dedicated to reversing the symptoms of pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma, which may include:

  • A lump or mass in the abdomen
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Unexplainable weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes and the skin (jaundice)
  • Increased blood levels of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), a tumor marker
  • Presence of carbohydrate antigen 19-9, which pancreatic cancer cells release
  • Subcutaneous nodules or deep-seated lesions in the skin

What Caused Your Cancer?

The causes of acinar cell carcinoma in the pancreas is not understood. Some published studies from 2012 to 2014 have reported that pancreatic ACC may be associated with certain genetic disorders, including:

  • Lynch syndrome
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)

However, scientists and doctors are conducting continual investigative studies to determine whether hereditary conditions are actual risk factors for acinar cell carcinoma.

How Do Doctors Diagnose Pancreatic Acinar Cell Carcinoma?

The following diagnostic procedures play an important role in evaluating a suspicious-looking mass, determining its size and reach, and producing accurate findings that may improve a pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma prognosis:

  • Medical history and physical exam Cancer blood tests to detect tumor markers
  • Imaging studies to locate distant metastasis:
    • Abdominal ultrasounds
    • Computed tomography (CT) scans
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
    • Positron emission tomography (PET) scans
    • X-rays of the chest area
  • Biopsy or sample tissue removal for lab testing

If you received a pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma diagnosis, the next critical step is to plan your cancer treatment.

Choose New Hope Unlimited — Your Customized Cancer Treatment Provider

As leading specialists in both conventional and alternative pancreatic cancer treatments, New Hope Medical Center is a top choice for comprehensive care of rare disorders like pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma. The responsibility and commitment to lead a patient toward remission demands a tremendous amount of medical training, knowledge, skill, experience, as well as patience and genuine care.

Fortunately, our cancer care team takes pride in having all of the above. Contact us now to schedule your consultation. Under our wing, there is new hope in beating pancreatic ACC.

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Our Patient-Centric Medical Facilities

At New Hope Unlimited, we pride ourselves in providing superior comfort, cleanliness, and cancer care at our 8,000 square foot medical treatment center in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. We worked with renowned architects and contractors to create the ideal space for recovery, which includes state-of-the-art lounge areas and spacious private in-rooms that assure the comfort of our patients and their loved ones.

To make our patients feel right at home, we equip each private ward with high-definition U.S. television, quality bedding, and high-speed internet connection. And with proper nutrition playing a vital role in cancer recovery, New Hope Unlimited also fulfills the dietary needs of each patient using fresh, organic produce to prepare breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners.

Comfort and cleanliness are also strictly implemented in our medical treatment rooms, which are equipped with the latest medical supplies and technology to provide the highest standard of care and treatment. Our medical center also has an in-house Hyperbaric Chamber, a well-established therapy for decompression sickness, exclusively available for our patients’ use.

Further, New Hope Unlimited has maintained its exceptional partnership with Hospital Migoo, a medical group composed of certified physicians and specialists committed to our patients’ care and well-being.

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1. Who is at risk for pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma?

The average age of adult patients is approximately 59 years old. Men are more commonly affected with a male to female ratio of 2:1.

2. What specific treatments does New Hope Unlimited offer?

From advanced intravenous therapies to cutting-edge treatments, discover the alternative options available for pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma here.


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