What were your symptoms when you were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?
Hi, I am Luisa Landaeta, I am a medical doctor. Answering your question, I will explain to you some aspects of pancreatic cancer diagnosis. First, this type of cancer is very frequently misdiagnosed until it is very advanced. This is frequently a hidden tumor because of the pancreas’ anatomic location. Symptoms vary according to the affected portion of the organ. If the cancer is located in the ampulla or head of the pancreas (the nearest portion to the common bile duct), patient will develop jaundice (yellowish color of the skin and eyes in the white part called sclera caused by the buildup of bile into the blood), itching, upper abdomen discomfort and pain -this last symptom can be felt back in the middle between the low dorsal and high lumbar spine. Heavy loss of weight, fatty and soft stools (steatorrhea), and coagulation disorders (purple skin spots or hematomes), digestive symptoms due to poor absorption of fatty food in the intestines. If the tumor has affected the endocrine function of the pancreas, diabetes will appear. When the cancer is located in the body or tail of pancreas( midle and terminal portions), syptoms will be much more vague. This is why cancer in these locations is diagnosed later, and when it is advanced and spreads to the whole organ and other organs. Deep vein trombosis is a condition that can be common in other types of cancer or other conditions not related to cancer; it is not a characteristic or exclusive sign of pancreatic cancer. Lymph nodes in the left supraclavicular region can be typical.
Please refer to this : https://www.webmd.com/cancer/pancreatic-cancer/pancreatic-cancer-symptoms#1
Pancreatic Cancer: Whole-Body Symptoms
As it grows and spreads, pancreatic cancer affects the whole body. Such symptoms can include:
Pancreatic cancer often shows no symptoms until the later stages. For this reason, it can be difficult to manage.
Tumors of the pancreas cancers are usually too small to cause symptoms, and later symptoms are often non-specific.
However, when cancer grows, there may be:
- pain in the upper abdomen as the tumor pushes against nerves
- jaundice, when problems with the bile duct and liver lead to a painless yellowing of the skin and eyes and darkening of the urine.
- loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting
- significant weight loss and weakness
- pale or grey fatty stool
Other possible signs and symptoms include:
- Trousseau’s sign, when spontaneous blood clots form in the portal blood vessels, deep veins of the arms and legs, or other superficial veins
- clinical depression, which people sometimes report before a diagnosis
Islet cell or neuroendocrine cancers of the pancreas may cause the pancreas to produce too much insulin or hormones.
The person may experience:
- weakness or dizziness
- muscle spasms
It has really high pain with dizziness and the person is feeling really bad. As far as I know, some people are taking some medical treatment at the first stage of cancer. I don’t have it but I order some pharmacy at Canadian Pharmacy online to get my medical items faster.