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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What are the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

After reading symptoms of pancreatic cancer and having some of the symptoms, like the oily/greasy stools that are off-color, pain in stomach/back, and fatigue....... is it unreasonable for me to ask to have this checked out? The doc knows I have these symptoms and is checking other things....celiac, etc.
Wed, 23 Dec 2015
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Yes pancreátic cancer can present with symptoms of abdominal discomfort , pain dull aching radiating to back with indigestion, pale stools due to obstructive jaundice. So there will be icterus (yellow sclera or eyes). vomiting and nausea. severe weight loss is important. patient will be cachexic.
But these symptoms are seen in malabsorption syndrome like coeliac disease and sprue. Imaging of abdomen like ultrasound is basic. followed by CT with contrast and Oral gastroduodenoscopy (passing the scope to look interior if your bowel). A simple blood test like CA19-9 and CEA could point to malignancy in pancreas or GIT. They are called tumour markers. I suggest you to do these tumour markers in a nearby good lab.That can help relieve your state of undecisiveness.
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