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Your gateway to information on pancreas cancer


What are the symptoms of cancer of pancreas?

  • Pain: Most common symptom of pancreatic cancer is severe back pain. The pain of pancreas cancer usually goes from the front of the abdomen to the back.
  • Jaundice: Jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin and eye) may be associated with pancreatic cancer.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Pancreas cancer may present as nausea and or vomiting. Sometimes changes in bowel habits may occur.
  • Diabetes: Sometimes cancer of the pancreas may present as a new onset of diabetes in an elderly patient.

How is cancer of the pancreas diagnosed?
Diagnostic tools: If pancreas cancer is suspected in a patient, the most common test used to make a diagnosis is CT scan of the abdomen. The CT scan in many cases may detect the tumor in the region of the pancreas. In addition to CT scan, ultrasonograpy or MRI may also be used to find the pancreatic tumor. Once a tumor is seen, definite diagnosis is usually obtained by doing a biopsy. Biopsy may be done using a needle under visualization under CT scan or by passing a tube through the stomach and reaching at the pancreas (endoscopy and biopsy). A blood test known as CA-19-9 may be sometimes useful in making the diagnosis of pancreas cancer.


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Pancreatic cancer: Resources

Prevention of pancreatic cancer
Are there screening tests available for pancreatic cancer?   (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
Prevention of pancreatic cancer   (Mayo clinic)

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer
What are the symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer?   (National Pancreas Foundation)
What are some of the main troubling symptoms and their treatment?   (Pancreatica.org)
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer   (National Institute of Health)
Pancreatic cancer: Signs and Symptoms   (Mayo clinic)
Symptoms   (Cancer Researh UK)

How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed
Can Pancreatic cancer Be Found Early?   (American Cancer Society)
Screening and Diagnosis   (Mayo clinic)
What diagnostic tests are used to determine the presence of pancreatic cancer?   (National Pancreas Foundation)
How is Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosed?   (Pancreatica.org)
Diagnostic Techniques for pancreatic cancer   (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?   (National Institute of Health)
Know what is ERCP   (National Cancer Institute)
How is it diagnosed?   (CancerBacup)
Dignostic tests for pancreatic cancer   (CancerBacup)

Pancreatic cancer: Selected reading

100 Questions & Answers About Pancreatic Cancer
by Eileen O'Reilly, Joanne Frankel Kelvin
The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Pancreatic Cancer
by Icon Health Publications


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