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What are the symptoms of cancer in the abdomen?

What are the symptoms of cancer in the abdomen?

Visceral problems: Masses related to cancer that appear in the abdomen have to be distinguished from lesions arising in retroperitoneum behind the abdominal content i.e. renal lesions or retroperitoneal sarcomas. In the abdomen the typical lesion is of stomach or bowel origin. Here one finds masses that grow, bleed and eventually obstruct bowel. When spread, the common site is to liver to cause jaundice. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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My sister has fluid on her lungs, she has cancer in her abdomen wall and has spread to her nodules. how long to live?

My sister has fluid on her lungs, she has cancer in her abdomen wall and has spread to her nodules. how long to live?

Life span: There is no one but God that knows the number of days we each have but you are describing someone with a terminal disease process. I would advise your sister to get her affairs in order. There is no way to know exact how long she will live. Best of luck to you and your sister. ...Read more

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Is persistent pain on right side of abdomen and right side of navel a symptom of cancer somewhere in abdomen?

Is persistent pain on right side of abdomen and right side of navel a symptom of cancer somewhere in abdomen?

Vague: Could be a variety of issues- appendix, pulled muscle, hernia...Don't sit back and have doubts...Get checked asap to help determine if you need treatment or not. ...Read more

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Ultrasounds effective at detecting tumors? Are ultrasounds effective at detecting tumors? Should i be worried about cancer in my abdomen even if I have clean bloodwork and an ultrasound that showed nothing?

Ultrasounds effective at detecting tumors? Are ultrasounds effective at detecting tumors? Should i be worried about cancer in my abdomen even if I have clean bloodwork and an ultrasound that showed nothing?

Very good: Ultrasound can detect tumors or masses between 2 - 3 mm, but it depends on the site and the surrounding tissues. Thyroid, pancreas, ovary, liver, etc are all organs that can be screened with ultrasound. But, you have to make sure it is a technically well performed study without any limitations. ...Read more

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Does a large amount of ascites indicate metastatic cancer throughout the abdomen?

Does a large amount of ascites indicate metastatic cancer throughout the abdomen?

Possibly: Ascites is common in liver disease, happens sometimes in congestive heart failure. It can happen with a large tumor burden in the abdomen, but not always. You should review this finding with your doctor. ...Read more

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Which type of CT scan required for detecting metastatic clear cell renal cancer in chest/abdomen, is it plain or contrast ?

Which type of CT scan required for detecting metastatic clear cell renal cancer in chest/abdomen, is it plain or contrast ?

This sounds like: Radiology calling. It should be the radiologist deciding, but the contrast tends to identify vessels, and some tumors "flush" with contrast. The contrast is iodine based. One wants to see vessels in venous phase in a kidney tumor, and looking for metastasis to liver and lung. I vote for contrast. ...Read more

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I am concerned about cancer in abdomen. Multiple symptoms?

I am concerned about cancer in abdomen. Multiple symptoms?

Go see your doctor: If you have persistent symptoms, you should get an examination by your doctor. If he/she suspects a tumor a ct scan of the abdomen can easily show a tumor or lack of it. Other tests can guide hi/her to the diagnosis. But it takes all your detailed information for the doctor to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could cancer be missed in abdomen during laparoscopy?

Could cancer be missed in abdomen during laparoscopy?

Depends: It depends where the cancer is located. If the cancer small and is within an organ in the abdomen, it could be missed. Laparoscopy visualizes the external surfaces of the abdomen. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is it when prostate cancer spreads to the abdomen?

How harmful for your health is it when prostate cancer spreads to the abdomen?

Suggest treatment: Hello Maria, I hope I can be of help. Cancer spread is always serious, but in the case of prostate cancer treatments are available and should be discussed with the patients doctor or a Urologist or Oncologist. Best wishes, Dr. Long ...Read more

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Lymph nodes in portahepatis & portacaval seen on mri. Can this be cancer somewhere in the abdomen? Have symptoms of pancreas cancer but no tumor seen.

Lymph nodes in portahepatis & portacaval seen on mri. Can this be cancer somewhere in the abdomen? Have symptoms of pancreas cancer but no tumor seen.

Yes but depends on s: It all depends on the size of the lymph nodes. If the nodes are larger than 1 cm, then we have to be concerned. Anything over 2cm in size requires a biopsy to exclude cancer. These nodes can be enlarged due to cancers in the liver, bile ducts and rarely stomach and pancreatic cancers. ...Read more

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Worried about cancer. Dr. Recommended an abdomen pelvis CT scan with contrast because of lower right pain that came up clean. It was a 10msv dose. Is 10msv a lot and should I be worried? Thanks

Worried about cancer.  Dr. Recommended an abdomen pelvis CT scan with contrast because of lower right pain that came up clean.  It was a 10msv dose. Is 10msv a lot and should I be worried? Thanks

10 mSv is typical: You received the typical dose for an abdomen/pelvis ct. Your chance of developing cancer increased by 0.07% from your background lifetime risk. See http://www.Xrayrisk.Com. ...Read more

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14 year old girl burp a lot and I heard burping is a symptom of stomach cancer. So does she have stomach cancer? Upper abdomen is bloated.

14 year old girl  burp a lot and I heard burping is a symptom of stomach cancer. So does she have stomach cancer? Upper abdomen is bloated.

Cancer unlikely: Burping is not related to cancer. The girl may be swallowing air due to a nervous habit. If burping is the only issue, you may leave it alone. Get her HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My estrogen levels are really low but still having mthly periods. They do seem a bit lighter. Worried about cancer but CT of abdomen and pelvis clear?

My estrogen levels are really low but still having mthly periods. They do seem a bit lighter. Worried about cancer but CT of abdomen and pelvis clear?

Hypoestrogenemia: You seem to have a fear of malignancy which is not alleviated by the absence of evidence for the presence of such a disease. Presumably your doctor has done all the reasonable tests, and these have been negative. Have you thought about seeing a therapist to help alleviate this continued obsession with your low estrogen level? This is not likely to be assuaged by repeated reassurances. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer? Upper abdomen pain, some burning, mid back pain & hip, I do have poor posture.

Pancreatic cancer? Upper abdomen pain, some burning, mid back pain & hip, I do have poor posture.

RARE: pancreatic cancer is rare comparing to other digestive disease cancer. it could be your pancreas causing the pain, it could be an ulcer,or gallbladder disease they all can cause same symptoms. see your doctor ,they will evaluate either assure you ,or treat you. start by watching your diet,take anti acid and medication from OTC,like zantaz,or prilosec. either way see your doctor please. good luck. ...Read more

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My brother passed away from germ cell cancer. It started in his abdomen. Do i need to get checked for cancer?

My brother passed away from germ cell cancer. It started in his abdomen.  Do i need to get checked for cancer?

Yes: But only as everyone else is checked -- pap smears, mammograms, colon cancer checks, physical exams. Retroperitoneal germ cell cancers strike sporadically and the vast majority don't run with any of the cancer-family syndromes. Unless there's more evidence of hereditary cancer (your physician can tell), just be cancer-smart and you'll greatly improve your chances. ...Read more

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What are the signs of vaginal cancer? Is bloating of the abdomen a sign?

What are the signs of vaginal cancer? Is bloating of the abdomen a sign?

See below: Ulcer and or a mass in the vagina and abnormal vaginal bleeding are usual signs of vaginal cancer. Abdominal bloating is not likely, though bloating may be associated with ovarian lesions. See this site for more info on vaginal cancer. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vaginal-cancer/ds00812. ...Read more

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How long does it take for testicular cancer to spred to the abdomen and brain? Is spreading to the brain common?

How long does it take for testicular cancer to spred to the abdomen and brain? Is spreading to the brain common?

Depends on the type: Testicular cancer is usually confined to the testicle, but spread to other organs, metastases, do occur. The type of primary testicular tumor and it's pathologic features determine both the chances of metastasis and if so, where. In particular, choriocarcinoma, a very rare type of testicular cancer, has been associated with brain metastases. Thankfully, brain mets are very rare. ...Read more

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28 yo clear colonoscopy and endoscopy, and all full blood work that came back normal as well. Could pancreatic cancer be causing my low abdomen pain?

28 yo clear colonoscopy and endoscopy, and all full blood work that came back normal as well. Could pancreatic cancer be causing my low abdomen pain?

Highly unlikely: Put your mind at ease. Pancreatic cancer is rare below age 45. The pain of pancreatic cancer usually is in the pit of the stomach, not the lower abdomen, and radiates around to the sides and/or straight thru to the back. It may be intermittent and made worse by eating or lying supine. It is frequently worse at night. Lying in a curled or fetal position may improve the pain. ...Read more

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My dad just diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had a CT abdomen and pelvis with impression : :adjacent fat planes preserved, and with no adenopathy detected. - mixed lytic and sclerotic adjacent to the sl

My dad just diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had a CT abdomen and pelvis with impression : :adjacent fat planes preserved, and with no adenopathy detected.
                                                   - mixed lytic and sclerotic adjacent to the sl

With : With the history of prostate ca, the lesions at the bones mentioned at the report correspond to infiltration of the tumor (metastasis). The others are benign findings. Your oncologist should direct his therapy with these findings and may order another studies such a nuclear medicine bone scan to assess the extension of the metastatic disease. ...Read more

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How effective is ctscan abdomen pelvis with contrast to determine tumors/cancer that may be present in abdomen /pelvis/intestines.Thank you?

How effective is ctscan abdomen pelvis with contrast to determine tumors/cancer that may be present in abdomen /pelvis/intestines.Thank you?

Pretty good.: Liver, spleen, pancreas and spaces well seen. Some endoluminal disease - inside the colon or small bowl may not be seen unless large or symptomatic with inflammation, erosion, perforation, etc. ...Read more

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