Can someone have a pancreas transplant?

Question by I’m better than you: Can someone have a pancreas transplant?
in light of Patrick swayze’s untimely diagnoses of pancreatic cancer and my mother having type 2 diabetes. I was wondering if someone could have a pancreas transplant. I mean take out a non working one and put in a new one boom, insulin production. This could also help people with type 1 diabets. . . or is it not as simple as i think? Has there ever been one attempted?

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Answer by Thomas and Kylie’s Mum !
From what i can gather from my experinace ..my father in law passed away to this cancer and no there is no transplant just medication that can help bide time and depending on how severe the cancer is

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    same d May 17, 2013 at 3:21 am

    yes this days still that issue in human experimental phase but instead of insulin patient should receive immunity suppression drugs

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    micksmixxx May 17, 2013 at 3:58 am

    There have been many attemtps, worldwide, at pancreas transplants … going back to at least the early 1980s that I know of, and probably before then.

    Sadly, it’s as you assume. It really isn’t as simple as one might believe. All sorts of complications set in when the body’s autoimmune system sees this ‘foreign body’ and sets about destroying it.

    Piggyback pancreas transplants have also been tried, whereby the recipient’s own pancreas has been left in, and another placed besides it to ‘take over’. The hope was that the body wouldn’t then reject the new one. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

    Having said that, with the introduction of anti-rejection drugs, there has been limited success.

    The current thing with type diabetes is islet cell transplantation where the islets of Langerhans are being transplanted to the liver of the recipient. This is in an area of the body where there is a good supply of oxygen-rich blood. The hope, therefore, is that these islets will ‘bed’ themselves in and start producing insulin. So far there has been limited success as the body still sees them as a foreign body and attempts to destroy them.

    Currently, an American company is attempting to ‘cover’ the islet cells, prior to transplantation with a substance that’s extracted from seaweed which prevents the islet cells from being attacked. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this meets with a better success rate. (I’m following the progress with interest as I’m currently being considered for just such an implant.)

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