Pancreatic Cancer: Common myths and how we can address it

By Imran Siddiqui, MD, FACS

Dr. Siddiqui specializes in hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) Surgery at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

As a pancreatic surgeon, I encounter patients with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. During my interactions with them, I have noticed some common myths and biases associated with such a diagnoses.

"I have a terminal disease and no matter what,
I am going to die in a few months."

Fact: Pancreatic cancer is certainly an aggressive cancer.  However, it is treatable. Treatment consists of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.  There are several new treatment modalities as well as clinical trials. Patient who  undergo treatment for pancreatic cancer can expect to have outcomes from cure to prolongation of survival depending on the stage and the aggressiveness of cancer.

In an effort to educate and empower patients and their loved ones, I will provide some clarity to some common questions and concerns about pancreatic cancer and treatment.

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Could it be Alzheimer's?


Beyond Normal Memory Loss

Most of us will experience some level of cognitive decline as we get older. So when should we be worried about Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia?

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Wound Healing: What diabetics need to know

At the St. Vincent’s Center for Wound Healing we see patients with all types of non-healing wounds, wounds that would not heal normally due to diabetes, poor circulation or other comorbid conditions. Diabetics are at the highest risk for developing a non-healing wound due to the loss of sensation in their feet and the impact that diabetes has on the blood vessels supplying the feet and lower legs.

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time lost is brain lost


Stroke, a leading cause of death and serious long-term disability in the United States, will affect more than 795,000 Americans this year alone.

“Time is crucial in the treatment of stroke,” said Srinath Kadimi, MD, board certified neurologist and medical director of the stroke unit at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. “The earlier a stroke is recognized and the patient receives medical attention, the greater chance of recovery.”

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Who would speak for you in the event of a health crisis?

It's National Healthcare Decisions Week

St. Vincent's Mecdical Center will be providing information about choosing a healthcare proxy and more all week:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm in the Main Lobby

Tuesday/Thursday: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm in Our Daily Bread Restaurant on Level C

All adults should discuss and document their healthcare wishes in the event of a crisis. 
Accidents and acute illness can happen to anyone at any time, but far too few adults have done anything to plan ahead. 

Take a moment to ask yourself these important questions: 

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Health Talk Radio: Final Show

Dr. Frank Scifo welcomes some surprise guests for his Health Talk Radio show Fianale. Congratualations Dr. Scifo on 24 years in radio and many more to come in an exciting new format.

Thank you to St. Vincent's and the many listeners, guests, and radio professionals at WICC600 over the years. It's the end of an era and the beginning of something exciting. Stay tuned!


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Health Talk Radio: Raymond Baldwin, Jr.

Dr. Frank Scifo welcomes St. Vincent's Special Needs Services President/CEO Raymond G. Baldwin, Jr. to discuss the programs, participants and staff at SVSNS. 


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Health Talk Radio: President/CEO Vince Caponi

Dr. Frank Scifo welcomes St. Vincent's President/CEO Vince Caponi who reflects on the humanity behind quality healthcare.


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Health Talk Radio: Veterans Choice

Dr. Frank Scifo welcomes guests Scott Brennan, Veterans Choice Patient Navigator and Christopher Willey, Veterans Choice Program Administrator, to discuss the Veterans Choice Program at St. Vincent's Medical Center.


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straight talk: Flu Shot

Straight Talk features your common questions about health and wellness answered by the experts at St. Vincent's.

Q: Should I hold off on getting my flu shot if I'm sick?

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