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What Is The Prognosis For Pancreatic Cysts & Lifestyle Changes For It?

A ruptured pancreatic cyst can also cause infection and be a medical emergency, but fortunately, this is a rare condition.1,2

There are plenty of ways through which you can protect your pancreas and reduce the risk of pancreatitis.3

Making lifestyle modifications by changing your eating habits can help those with chronic pancreatitis and boost your immune system.4

What Is The Prognosis For Pancreatic Cysts?

What Is The Prognosis For Pancreatic Cysts?

A ruptured pancreatic cyst can also cause infection and be a medical emergency, but fortunately, this is a rare condition. Enlarged cysts should be drained before they cause chronic symptoms. After diagnosis, your healthcare provider may suggest for the removal of certain true cysts in the precancerous stage because they may have potential chances of becoming cancerous.

In most cases, the prognosis is positive in patients who are undergoing treatment for pancreatic cysts or true cysts. Depending on the location and size of the size the malignancy rate varies

  • Five-year survival period for malignant survival and will require surgical resection
  • Non-invasive treatment for a mucinous cystic neoplasm
  • The cystic pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor has a survival period of 3-5 years
  • Non-invasive conditions generally have a better prognosis compared to invasive diseases.1,2

Lifestyle Changes For Pancreatic Cysts

Feeling fullness is one of the typical symptoms of pancreatic cysts. So, when you eat certain foods, it may have a huge effect on how you feel because the organ that produces digestive enzymes becomes inflamed. Pancreatitis can produce pain and pancreatic inflammation. Treatment is essential but managing the disorder long-term perhaps requires lifestyle changes.

Dietary Changes: Dietary changes are often very helpful in easing the symptoms and to improve the recovery time. Individuals with pancreatic cysts have problems with digestion because the inflamed pancreas can no longer produce enough pancreatic enzymes to aid the digestion of fats, carbohydrates, and protein.

So, people with pancreatitis when eating high fat or more carbs, have a feeling of fullness and experience abdominal pain. Choose the right foods that are low in fats, low glycemic such as whole grains, leafy vegetables, and lean proteins to put less strain on the organ. 3.

Maintain A Healthy Weight: Maintaining a healthy weight is important to embark on a healthier lifestyle and to lower the risk of several diseases. Losing extra pounds gradually and maintaining a healthy weight will help to get your pancreas healthy and reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Quit Smoking: Multiple clinical studies have shown that people who have the habit of smoking have a higher risk (increasing the risk by 2-3-fold) of getting pancreatic cancer. Also, they have shorter survival times because of the further damage to the pancreas. When you quit smoking, your body heals by itself and your body’s immune system will gradually improve.

Regular Exercises: Research has shown that people who practice yoga have reduced symptoms and improved overall quality of life.

However, in some cases exercises can worsen the condition hence perform exercises based on your doctor’s recommendation.

Pancreatitis is a serious condition when left untreated nor managed properly can increase the risk, therefore make the appropriate lifestyle changes to prevent it from future. 4.

There are several factors in life you can live without, but your pancreas isn’t one of them. When you have pancreatic cysts, it increases the probability of pancreatic cancer. Preventing pancreatic cancer involves identifying and treating the cyst before it develops into cancerous cysts.

Similarly making certain lifestyle modifications can manage the disease for a long time and prevent sudden flare-ups.


  1. Frothingham, Scott. “Pancreatic Cysts: Symptoms, Types, Treatment, and Risk Factors.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 16 Jan. 2019, www.healthline.com/health/cyst-on-pancreas.
  2. “Pancreatic Cysts and Pseudocysts Outlook / Prognosis.” Cleveland Clinic, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14627-pancreatic-cysts-and-pseudocysts#outlook–prognosis
  3. Dallas, Mary Elizabeth. “5 Ways to Prevent Pancreatitis and EPI: Everyday Health.” EverydayHealth.com, www.everydayhealth.com/hs/exocrine-pancreatic-insufficiency/prevent-pancreatitis-and-epi/.
  4. Team, Digestive Health. “The Best (and Worst) Foods for Pancreatitis Pain.” Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic, Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic, 27 Apr. 2020, https://health.clevelandclinic.org/best-and-worst-foods-for-pancreatitis-pain/

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 3, 2022

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