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Forum Name: Pancreatic Cancer

Question: Spreading pancreatic cancer through blood

 flynndt - Thu May 12, 2005 1:04 pm

My brother-in-law has had pancreatic cancer for about 2 1/2 yrs, which they first found in his liver and eventually spread to some bone. He actually has the cancer under control with the help of a special radiation he gets in Rochester NY and chemo, and his liver is fine now, and their treating the bone tumors. His pancreas curiously has been functioning well and doesn't seem a problem. He is currently on chemo however and his platelet count is very low (26). Blood has recently appeared in his semen, but his doctor doesn't appear to be too concerned and told him to stop taking the anti clotting drug for his port.. My sister has had a hysterectomy and her uterus and cervix were removed. She is unsure whether having sex could transmit this cancer to her, as it is obviously in his blood (his tumor markers are still high). We know he can't donate blood, but can a woman absorb these cells? Thanks for any advice or help.

 Theresa Jones, RN - Mon May 16, 2005 7:50 am

User avatar Hi flynndt,
Although when a person is afflicted by cancer, cells may migrate from the origin site to other areas of the body (other organs, bone) It is not sexually transmitted. You can't "catch" pancreatic cancer from being intimate. Probably the reason he has blood in his semen is because the platelets are responsible for blood clotting and the combination of the blood thinner as well as the very low platelet count the normal functioning has become deficient.

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