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Can you tell me the signs and symptoms of the horrible disease, pancreatic cancer?

Can you tell me the signs and symptoms of the horrible disease, pancreatic cancer?

See below: Unfortunately early pancreatic cancer may not have any specific symptoms. The general symptoms are pain in the abdomen and back, jaundice, weight loss and blood clots in vessels. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pancreatic-cancer/ds00357. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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What is the signs of pancreatic cancer if there are no symptoms?

What is the signs of pancreatic cancer if there are no symptoms?

Varies: Symptoms refer to the complaints of the patient that may suggest pancreatic cancer (ie. Nausea/vomiting). Signs refer to the phyical findings on the patient that would suggest this cancer. Signs include jaundice, abdominal swelling, abdominal fluid collection (ascities), weight loss, and new onset glucose intolerance. The signs may vary depending on location of the cancer(head vs tail of panceas). ...Read more

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Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Depends on location: Pancreas is a fish-shaped organ with its head tucked into the duodenum (c-shaped beginning of small intestine coming off stomach). If tumor blocks bile duct or panc duct, causes abdominal pain, pancreatitis, jaundice. If it's in tail, will cause no symtptoms till very large or spread to other areas. Most common: weight loss, mental status change such as new onset depression. ...Read more

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Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Highly variable: Each person is different. Much of the early stage of pancreas cancer has no symptoms. May have gradual onset of lack or appetite and gradual weight loss. Later posdible yellow jaunduce formation. Later stage pancreas cancer can cause a severe boring pain from the mid upper abdomen into the upper back. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer bad?

Are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer bad?

Can be: Pancreatic cancer symptoms depend on the extent of the cancer and can range form minimal to very significant in intensity. Typical symptoms include jaundice, abdomen pain (can be severe), bowel obstruction, weight loss, new-onset diabetes, depression, fatigue to name a few. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Depends: Early pancreatic cancer in the body of the pancreas is often asymptomatic or may have vague abdominal symptoms. Cancer in the head of pancreas may present with jaundice. Later there may be pain radiating to the back and symptoms from metastases in the liver. ...Read more

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What are the signs of pancreatic cancer?

What are the signs of pancreatic cancer?

Jaundice most common: The pancreas extends across the abdomen with a head, body and tail. While the head is the most common site, its symptoms are related to the position of the bile duct under the head which when involved produces painless jaundice. The body becomes symptomatic when tumor penetrates the nerve plexus near the spine and the tail near spleen shunts blood to stomach when tumor invades splenic vein. ...Read more

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What are some signs of pancreatic cancer?

What are some signs of pancreatic cancer?

Pain, weight loss: Symptoms and signs can include pain in the upper abdomen, sometimes traveling to the back, and weight loss. Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes, can occur. Doctors may be able to detect a tender mass in the abdomen or enlarged lymph nodes. Unfortunately sometimes these symptoms aren't present until later. Smoking and obesity are 2 important and modifiable risk factors for pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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Does pancreatic cancer usually cause many symptoms?

Does pancreatic cancer usually cause many symptoms?

Yup...: Commonly yellow skin; +/- belly pain; weight loss; new onset diabetes and depression. Pancreas tail makes hormones: insulin, gastrin, glucagon - these cause symptoms. Head/body make digestive juice, and engulf the duct draining the liver into the gut. This is a very nasty cancer. ...Read more

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My pancreatic cancer: causes, & symptoms, as well as cure?

My pancreatic cancer: causes, & symptoms, as well as cure?

Unsure of question!: Do YOU have pancreas cancer? That is very rare in someone in their 30s. No one knows what causes pancreas cancer. Symptoms are usually upper mid-abdominal pain near the breast bone, often after eating going into the back, weight loss, loss of appetite, change in taste/smell sensation, blood clot in leg, depression. Early pancreas cancer's best chance for cure is surgery. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are there no obvious symptoms with pancreatic cancer?

I'm wondering why are there no obvious symptoms with pancreatic cancer?

Location of organ: The reason there are no obvious symptoms with pancreatic cancer is that it's location is mostly behind the abdominal cavity. A cancer can grow and grow without disrupting any bodily function for quite a while. Thus the cancer presents later when there is a "mass effect." ...Read more

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What causes pancreatic cancer? What are the symptoms and how is it treated?

What causes pancreatic cancer? What are the symptoms and how is it treated?

Probably viral: Pancreatic Ca is a lethal disease of probable viral origin. The tumor begins 15-20 yrs before a clinical lesion can be defined. It appears in the head where painless jaundice is seen, in the body with symptoms of invasion of celiac plexus and tail with pseudo varices of vasa brevia. Even with surgery for 10% of patients the survival here is 10%. Chemo with gemzar (gemcitabine) and Abraxane used. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic cancer cause only mild symptoms? How can I know if I have it?

Can pancreatic cancer cause only mild symptoms? How can I know if I have it?

Pancreatic cancer: 21 M from LA. Asks: Can pancreatic cancer cause only mild symptoms? How can I know if I have it? ANS: Time will tell. Dr. humor here. All diseases go thru evolution of Sx as does CA pancreas. At your age CA pancreas is VERY rare. Discuss with your Drs & they can help u. If u don't wear your seatbelt start doing that now. Only way 2 tell is 2 take out pancreas. But u get diabetes etc 4 life. ...Read more

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What are the chances of pancreatic cancer reoccuring after eight years? What would be the most likely earliest symptoms?

What are the chances of pancreatic cancer reoccuring after eight years? What would be the most likely earliest symptoms?

Maybe something else: The majority of pancreatic cancers recur within the first 2-4 years, but some recur as long as 10-15 years out. Main symptoms may be unexplained weight loss, jaundice, abdominal or back pain. There can be other causes for many of these things, so go back to your oncologist for a check up. ...Read more

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If I had idiopathic PE a year ago and it was caused by pancreatic cancer would I have symptoms of PC yet? Just scared I have PC.

Not pancreas cancer: While deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is common as a complication of pancreatic cancer, it is VERY rare for that to be the first sign of the disease. You are not at above-average risk of pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the signs of a pancreas not working and/or pancreatic cancer?

Can you tell me the signs of a pancreas not working and/or pancreatic cancer?

Steatorrhea: The pancreas is both endocrine and exocrine. When the islets are not working, diseases like diabetes develop. When the gland undergoes inflammation and fibrosis, no pancreatic juice enters the bowel and food is not digested leaving large amts. of fat floating in the stool. Pancreatic cancer does block the duct and has a subclinical form of steatorrhea but his is most often seen with jaundice. ...Read more

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Can you please list specific symptoms of liver or pancreatic cancer?

Unfortunately: There are no specific symptoms, mostly non-specific symptoms. Abdominal discomfort, malaise, weight loss, GI symptoms are typical presentations, but really very non-specific. Sometimes, even doctors can't tell without special imaging tests. ...Read more

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My mid to upper back has been in pain.. Can that be a sign of pancreatic cancer?

My mid to upper back has been in pain.. Can that be a sign of pancreatic cancer?

Could Be Or Not: Mid to upper back pain can be associated with a number of illness, from muscle strains, somatic dysfunctions, cardiac problems (including heart attacks), lung diseases, referred pain from the abdomen, metastatic disease, and pancreatic cancer (although it would not be my first thought). The pain needs to be combined with other symptoms and history to properly diagnose the cause. See your doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

Fast growing abnormal cells that are difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing ...Read more