While rare in the early stages, the signs of pancreatic cancer can appear as the cancer spreads to other parts of your body, or if they cause problems with how your pancreas works. Dignity Health cancer doctors provide comfort with humankindness when diagnosing signs of pancreatic cancer on California’s Central Coast.
Since other medical conditions can have similar warning signs, you should see your doctor to discuss the early signs of pancreatic cancer. To properly diagnose your symptoms, Find a Doctor today at Dignity Health Central Coast.
Confirming Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms at Dignity Health Central Coast
For an accurate diagnosis, your doctor will discuss your symptoms, medical history, and personal risk factors.
Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor will examine you for these possible signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer:
- Abdominal swelling
- Blood clots
- Problems with digestion
- Jaundice from too much bilirubin in your body
- Pain in your back or abdomen
- Changes with your bowel movements
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
Since these symptoms also can be caused by other conditions, your doctor will perform other medical tests for a complete diagnosis at a location near you, including:
Testing for Signs of Pancreatic Cancer
Your pancreas sits behind your stomach and deep within your abdomen, making it extremely difficult for your doctor to feel developing tumors.
Dignity Health Central Coast performs the following tests to diagnose pancreatic cancer:
- Blood tests to determine liver function and identify tumor markers
- Biopsy for tissue sampling
- Physical exam and medical history to review your symptoms and check for other signs of cancer
- Imaging exams for a closer look at your bile ducts and pancreatic ducts
Additional tests will help your doctor stage the cancer and develop the best treatment for your physical, mental, and spiritual needs. For pancreatic cancer prevention strategies, visit Dignity Health Central Coast.
Cancer doctors at Dignity Health provide thorough diagnosis for pancreatic cancer symptoms on the Central Coast of California.