The symptoms of exocrine pancreatic cancers and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors NETs are often different, so they are described separately. Having one or more of the symptoms cancer and jaundice does cancer and jaundice mean you have pancreatic cancer. In fact, many of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by other conditions.
Early pancreatic cancers often do not cause any signs or symptoms. By the time they do cause symptoms, they have often already spread outside the pancreas. Jaundice is yellowing of the eyes and skin. Most people with pancreatic cancer and nearly all people with ampullary cancer will have jaundice as one of their first symptoms. Jaundice is caused by the buildup of bilirubin, a dark yellow-brown substance made in the liver. Normally, the liver excretes bilirubin as part of a liquid called bile.
Bile goes through the common bile duct into the intestines, where it helps break down fats. It eventually leaves the body in the stool. Cancers that start in the head of the pancreas are near the common bile duct. These cancers can press on the duct and cause jaundice while they are still fairly small, which can sometimes lead to these tumors being found at an early stage, cancer and jaundice. By this time, the cancer has often spread cancer and jaundice the pancreas as well, cancer and jaundice.
Sometimes, the first sign of jaundice is darker urine. As bilirubin levels in the blood increase, the urine becomes brown in color. Light-colored or greasy stools: Bilirubin normally helps give stools their cancer and jaundice color.
If the bile duct is blocked, stools might be pale or gray. When bilirubin builds up in the skin, it can start to itch as well as turning yellow. Pancreatic cancer is not the most common cause of jaundice. Other causes, such as gallstones, hepatitis, and other liver and bile duct diseases, are much more common. Pain in the abdomen belly or back is common in pancreatic cancer. Cancers that start in the body or tail of the pancreas can grow fairly large and start to press on other nearby organs, causing pain.
The cancer may also spread to the nerves surrounding the pancreas, which often causes back pain. Of course, pain in the abdomen or back is fairly common and is most often caused by something other than pancreatic cancer.
Unintended weight loss is very common in people with pancreatic cancer. These people often have little or no cancer and jaundice. If the cancer presses on the far end of the stomach it can partly block it, making it hard for food to get through.
This can cause nausea, vomiting, and pain that tend to be worse after eating. If the cancer blocks the bile cancer and jaundice, bile can build up in the gallbladder, making it larger. Sometimes a doctor can feel this as a large lump under the right side of the ribcage during a physical exam.
It can also be seen on imaging tests. Pancreatic cancer can also sometimes enlarge the liver, especially if the cancer and jaundice has spread to the liver. The doctor might be able to feel this below the right ribcage as well on an exam, or it might be seen on imaging tests. Sometimes, the first clue that someone has pancreatic cancer is a blood clot in a large vein, often in the leg.
This is called a deep vein thrombosis or DVT. Symptoms can include pain, cancer and jaundice, swelling, redness, cancer and jaundice, and warmth in the affected leg. Sometimes a piece of the clot can break off and travel to the lungs, which might make it hard to breathe or cause chest pain, cancer and jaundice. A blood clot in the lungs is called a pulmonary embolism or PE. Still, having a blood clot does not usually mean that you have cancer. Most blood clots are caused by other things.
Some people with pancreatic cancer develop cancer and jaundice uneven texture of the fatty tissue underneath the skin. This is caused by the release of the pancreatic enzymes that digest fat. Rarely, pancreatic cancers cause diabetes high blood sugar because they destroy the insulin-making cells. Symptoms can include feeling thirsty and hungry, and having to urinate often. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors NETs often release excess hormones into the bloodstream, cancer and jaundice.
Different types of tumors make different hormones, which can lead to different symptoms. These tumors make gastrin, a hormone that tells the stomach to make more acid.
Too much gastrin causes a condition known as Zollinger-Ellison syndromein which the stomach makes too much acid. This leads to stomach ulcers, which can cause pain, nausea, and loss of appetite. Severe ulcers can start bleeding. If the bleeding is mild, it can lead to anemia too few red blood cellswhich can cause symptoms like feeling tired and being short of breath.
If the bleeding is more severe, cancer and jaundice, it can make stool black and tarry. Severe bleeding can itself be life-threatening. If the stomach acid reaches the small intestine, it can damage the cells of the intestinal lining and break down digestive enzymes before they have a chance to digest food.
This can cause diarrhea and weight loss. These tumors make glucagon, a hormone that increases glucose sugar levels in the blood. Most of the symptoms that can be caused by a glucagonoma are mild and are more often caused by something else. Excess glucagon can raise blood sugar, sometimes leading to diabetes. This can cause symptoms such as feeling thirsty and hungry, and having to urinate often.
People with these tumors can also have problems with diarrhea, weight loss, and malnutrition. The nutrition problems can lead to symptoms like irritation of the tongue and the corners of the mouth.
The symptom that brings most people with glucagonomas to their doctor is a rash called necrolytic migratory erythema. This is a red rash with swelling and blisters that often travels from place to place on the skin. These tumors make insulin, which lowers blood glucose levels. Too much insulin leads to low blood sugar, which can cause symptoms like weakness, confusion, sweating, and rapid heartbeat.
When blood sugar gets very low, it can lead to a person passing out or even going into a coma and having seizures. These tumors make somatostatin, which helps regulate other hormones, cancer and jaundice.
Symptoms of this type of tumor cancer and jaundice include belly pain, nausea, poor appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, symptoms of diabetes feeling thirsty and hungry, and having to urinate oftenand jaundice yellowing of the skin and eyes. The early symptoms of a somatostatinoma tend to be mild and are more often caused by other things, so these tumors cancer and jaundice to be diagnosed at an advanced stage.
Often, they are not found until they spread to the liver, cancer and jaundice, when they cause problems like jaundice and pain, cancer and jaundice.
These tumors make a substance called vasoactive intestinal peptide VIP. Too much VIP can lead to problems with diarrhea. This may be mild at first, but gets worse over time. By the time they are diagnosed, most people have severe, watery diarrhea, cancer and jaundice.
Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, feeling weak or tired, and flushing redness and warmth in the face or neck. People with these tumors also tend to have low levels of acid in their stomachs, which can lead to problems digesting food. These tumors cancer and jaundice pancreatic polypeptide PPwhich helps regulate both the exocrine and endocrine pancreas.
They can cause problems such as belly pain and an enlarged liver. Some people also get watery diarrhea. These tumors often make serotonin or its precursor, 5-HTP. When a pancreatic tumor makes these substances, they first travel to the liver. The liver breaks these substances down before they can reach the rest of the body diabetes and congestive heart failure cause problems.
When these tumors do spread, it is most often to the liver, cancer and jaundice. There, the cancer cells can release hormones directly into the blood leaving the liver.
This can cause the carcinoid syndromewith symptoms including flushing redness and warmth in the face or neckdiarrhea, wheezing, and a rapid heart rate. These symptoms often occur in episodes, between which the person may feel fine.
Over cancer and jaundice long time, the hormone-like substances released by these tumors can damage heart valves, causing shortness of breath, weakness, and a heart murmur an abnormal heart sound. Most of these are cancers and start to cause problems as they get larger or spread outside the pancreas.
Symptoms can be like those from exocrine pancreas cancers, cancer and jaundice, including jaundice yellowing of the eyes and skinbelly pain, cancer and jaundice, and weight loss.
When pancreatic NETs spread, most often they go to the liver. This can enlarge cancer and jaundice liver, cancer and jaundice, which can cause pain and loss of appetite. It can also affect liver function, sometimes leading to jaundice yellowing of the skin and eyes and abnormal blood tests.
These cancers can also spread to other organs and tissues. The symptoms depend on where the cancer is growing. For example, cancer spread to the lungs can cause shortness of breath or a cough, cancer and jaundice. Spread cancer and jaundice bones can cause pain in those bones.
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