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Signs & Symptoms

Pancreatic Cancer

  • Asymptomatic.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Chills and fevers.
  • Weight loss, anorexia, cachexia.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Eating a small amount but feeling full.
  • Alterations in bowel habits, including diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and gas.
  • Epigastric or flank pain: most common for body and tail tumors.
  • Steatorrhea: excessive amounts of fats in stool.
  • Difficulty digesting fatty foods.
  • Gradual loss of more than 10 percent of body weight.
  • Jaundice: yellowing of the skin and eyes due to biliary obstruction; 75 % of cases.
  • Pruritis: itching of skin caused by biliary obstruction.
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding: from tumors in head of pancreas.
  • Bloating and flatulence.
  • Swollen legs.
  • Sudden attack of pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas.
  • Onset of diabetes mellitus: endocrine tumors of pancreas

Liver Cancer

  • Weight loss.
  • Weakness.
  • Unexplained fever and nausea.
  • Hepatitis: inflammation of liver.
  • Discomfort on right side of upper abdomen.
  • A lump below the ribs on the right side.
  • Pain around the right shoulder blade.
  • Lack of apppetite.
  • Abdominal swelling.
  • Generalized abdominal pain.
  • Bloated feeling.
  • Jaundice: yellowing of the skin and eyes due to biliary obstruction.
  • Ascites, accumulation of fluid in the abdomen.

Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancers

  • Jaundice.
  • A lump in upper right part of the abdomen.
  • Fever.
  • Nausea.
  • Weight loss.
  • Upper abdominal discomfort.
  • Itching.
  • Abdominal pain and swelling.
  • Dark-colored urine.