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What Are The Symptoms Of Pancreatic Cancer?

Postby leonardo » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:37 am

My mum died of it a few months ago, it was very sudden, onlyu a short time from diagnosis, however i was very dissapointed in five months no treatment was given as their aleays seemed to be administration errors with communication between two nhs trusts, and she was never told of her prognosis, in all honesty seemed to be forgotten about. but we are looking into making a complaint as we feel if someone is dying from an incurable illness the level of care and how that paerson is made to feel should be 20 times better than what it is! however the reason i asked about symptons is because my mum should vey little until the disease was advanced. and they say early symptons get overlooked, however i'm intersested too know if anybody knows of any coomon symptons that other people have had early on?
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What Are The Symptoms Of Pancreatic Cancer?

Postby Halfon » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:38 am

In the early stages, pancreas cancer doesn't cause any symptoms. This is why it's often called a silent disease. You get symptoms when the cancer grows and spreads such as pain in the upper abdomen, which sometimes spreads to the back. In the beginning the pain may come and go, but later on it can be more persistent. In some people the pain is worse while lying down and it?s relieved by sitting up or bending forward. It?s common for people with pancreatic cancer to have some weight loss and loss of appetite. Jaundice can occur if the cancer develops in the head of the pancreas, and blocks the bile duct that carries bile from the liver to the intestine. The resulting build-up of bile in the body is what causes the pain and weight loss. Jaundice is yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes, itchy skin, dark yellow urine, and pale bowel motions. Other symptoms include indigestion, sickness, bloating after meals, and feeling extremely tired.
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Postby Taggart » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:39 am

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What Are The Symptoms Of Pancreatic Cancer?

Postby Divakar » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:41 am

Below you will find some of the most common pancreatic cancer symptoms:

Yellowing of the Skin and Eyes. Jaundice, a condition marked by the yellowing of the skin and eyes commonly occurs in people pancreatic cancer. It occurs when an increased level of bilirubin is in the blood. This can occur when a tumor completely or partially blocks bile ducts, slowing the flow of bile.

Abdominal Pain. Abdominal pain is common symptom of pancreatic cancer. It usually occurs on the upper abdomen and may even radiate to the back. Abdominal pain may worsen when lying down or 3 to 4 hours after eating.

Unintended Weight Loss. While losing weight without trying may welcomed by many, but it can indicate something is wrong. Again, unintended weight loss is a common symptom of pancreatic cancer and one that is usually one of the first symptom experienced along with abdominal pain. Weight loss is common in many types of cancer and other benign conditions.

Nausea/Vomiting. Again, another vague symptom of pancreatic cancer that is common among many other conditions. Non-specific symptoms, like nausea, often result in a delay in a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Loss of Appetite. Appetite loss is a symptom of hundreds of diseases and conditions, including pancreatic cancer. It can signal something severe or even be related to something as small as a stomach virus. When symptoms are vague like this, medical tests are necessary to make an accurate diagnosis.

Itchy Skin. Itchy skin is a less common symptom of pancreatic cancer. Again, a vague symptom, but when coupled with another symptom like abdominal pain or jaundice, it can be significant in making a more accurate, timely diagnosis. Unfortunately, when someone with undiagnosed pancreatic cancer is experiencing itchy skin, it is often misdiagnosed as a dermatological condition.

Unexpected Onset of Diabetes. In some cases, pancreatic cancer may impede the pancreas' ability to produce insulin, resulting in diabetes. It is important note that most people develop diabetes because of reasons unrelated to pancreatic cancer.

Changes in Stool and Urine Color. Urine may become much darker, while stools loser their brown color, becoming a pale, clay color. This is often due to the bile duct being blocked. Stools can also have a odd, strong smell. Unsure of what your symptoms may be? Try the Symptom Checker to see what your symptoms could mean.

In this excerpt, provided by UpToDate-- an electronic resource used by many patients and their doctors looking for in-depth medical information-- you can see how the location of a tumor can impact symptoms a person may experience:

"Symptoms vary depending upon where the pancreatic cancer is located. Cancers that develop in the head of the pancreas tend to block the drainage of bile from the liver to the intestines and typically cause jaundice. In contrast, tumors that arise in the body or tail are less likely to cause jaundice and more often cause abdominal pain, weight loss, and diarrhoea.
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Postby Alba » Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:01 am

the problem with pancreatic cancer is that most of the time it isn't detected until it is too late. One of my friend's father has just been diagnosed. Really there is no treatment once it is in its advanced stages.
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Postby caleb » Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:03 am

Log on to nhs direct it is better to get the correct symptoms as this is a very serious subject.
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