The pancreas aids in digestion and makes certain hormones. Pancreatic cancer is cancer of the pancreas. The most common of the two types of pancreatic cancer affect the glands that make and release digestive enzymes.
The oncology team at Dignity Health North State can help with the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer signs and symptoms in Northern California. Find a Doctor online to schedule a consultation with one of our oncologists.
What are the Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer?
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be caused by the spread of cancer to other organs or by the tumor in the pancreas itself.
Pancreatic cancer symptoms include:
- Changes in bowel movements
- Blood clots
- Abdominal or back pain
- Weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Digestive problems
Many other conditions have similar symptoms. It’s important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms so you can get the right diagnosis.
Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer at Dignity Health North State
Because the pancreas is located deep in your abdomen, it almost impossible to feel tumors as they grow. By the time most people notice symptoms, pancreatic cancer has usually already spread to other organs.
In order to diagnose the cause of your symptoms, your doctor may use:
- Imaging exams, including MRI scan, CT scan, ultrasound, and X-ray
- Physical exam and medical history to evaluate your symptoms and look for other signs of cancer
- Biopsy to remove a tissue sample
- Blood tests including tumor markers and liver function tests
If you are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the next step is to determine the stage of disease. With this information, your doctor at can develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs. You can trust our experienced team at Dignity Health North State to treat you with compassion and humankindness.