What Are the Symptoms & Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer?

Q:
What are the symptoms and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer?

A:
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:

  • Pain or discomfort around the stomach, which may lead to back pain.
  • Sudden weight loss.
  • Jaundice.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Bloating.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Diabetes, especially if diagnosed within previous two years.

If any of these symptoms appear in your body, visit your doctor. He or she may refer you to a specialist for more tests if needed.

At the hospital, you may need to go through some of the following test for doctors to give diagnosis :

  • Blood tests.
  • Ultrasound of liver, pancreas and bile duct.
  • CT scan.
  • ERCP.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).
  • Biopsy (sample of tissue).

These tests can help to stage the cancer and find out the size of the cancer and if it has spread anywhere else. This can help your doctor to decide on the best treatment for you.

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