A tumor in the pancreas — the organ that aids in digestion and creates certain hormones — will cause the body to experience unpleasant changes. Oncologists at Dignity Health Southern California hospitals are experts at evaluating pancreatic cancer symptoms to offer relief from the symptoms or to heal the disease.
Use our online Find a Doctor tool to share your symptoms with a specialist who can assess signs of pancreatic cancer in Southern California.
What are the Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer?
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer result from problems associated with the tumor in the pancreas and from the tumor spreading to other organs. Healing is our goal, so we encourage you to report any of the following symptoms to your doctor at Dignity Health Southern California:
- Abdominal or back pain
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Digestive problems
- Changes in bowel movements
- Weight loss and lack of appetite
Other medical conditions share the same symptoms of pancreatic cancer. Your doctor can perform thorough tests to get the right diagnosis.
Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms at Dignity Health Southern California
It’s not easy to find pancreatic cancer when it first develops, and symptoms usually appear after the tumor has progressed.
After sharing your symptoms, your doctor at a Dignity Health Southern California hospital will perform all the necessary exams to understand your symptoms. This may include:
- A review your medical history
- A complete physical exam
- Imaging tests, such as a CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, or X-ray
- A biopsy, or tissue sample
You can trust your complete well-being to our experienced team. It’s our mission to offer care with respect and humankindness.
Doctors at Dignity Health are experts at diagnosing symptoms of pancreatic cancer in Southern California.