5.Pancreatic Cancer: Nausea and Vomiting
As mentioned above, pancreatic cancer grows within the abdominal cavity. By doing so, it is directly in contact with most of your digestive system organs. Thus, it can lead to blockages in some portions of your digestive track. This will result in a halt or hamper of your proper digestion process.
However, nausea and vomiting are not the only symptoms you may be experiencing. You should add heartburn and acid reflux to the list as well. As they all could come together or in different phases. This doesn’t mean that if you feel sick one day after eating something bad you have pancreatic cancer. Do not take this symptom out of hand if it goes clearly linked to a food poisoning or a flu.
Instead, if you start feeling like you can’t hold your food down, you stop being hungry, and this doesn’t get solved within a few days, then consult your physician. A blockage in your digestive system isn’t something that would just simply disappear, it would continue if you do have pancreatic cancer. Additionally, if you try to lower your cause using ginger or peppermint tea, as well as only drinking between meals; but you still get nausea, then you will have to visit your doctor for a check up.
Whenever pancreatic cancer is in a late stage, surgery may be needed to either bypass or remove the blockage. This will help you to control and improve your digestion. So if you feel like you’ve been nauseous for several days or have been vomiting more than usual without relief, please do not hesitate to get an appointment at the physician of your choice to get tested. Your blood may be taken as well as a regular pancreatic cancer screening done. Make sure to stay hydrated in between meals!
6.Pancreatic Cancer: Greasy light coloured stool
Due to the issues concerning your digestive track, it is very common to get greasy and light coloured stool whenever someone has pancreatic cancer. It does have a distinctive colour and texture which is almost unique to pancreatic cancer patients. The reason behind this is that the tumour is blocking the pancreas from secreting its enzymes. The result is a stool that may be large in size, oily, pale, floating, and also smelly.
The enzymes that are usually released by the pancreas are used by the digestive system to digest food. Especially those foods that are high in fatty contents. The look and feel of the stool come from undigested fats that are left in the digestive track due to pancreatic cancer. Your stool will also be very hard to flush down the toilet because of this reason.
The lack of colour also has to do with the smilingly lack of bilirubin. This is also due to pancreatic cancer as explained before. Any minimal change in the color and texture of your stool indicates the state of your health. So if you notice that your stool starts being consistently paler and greasier, please do make sure to contact your doctor.
Several tests will be made to ensure that it has nothing to do with a food intolerance or allergy. Other test will also be done to check the status of your digestive track including stomach and intestines. Additionally, if this continues to happen, you will most likely get a pancreatic cancer screening as well. Make sure to inform your doctor of any changes you can see in your bowel movements and keep track of the food you intake if you believe it could be related to pancreatic cancer. Your doctor will be able to lead you in the right way to get all the tests and check-ups done.
7.Pancreatic Cancer: Lack of appetite
As mentioned in several other symptoms, pancreatic cancer unfortunately takes a toll on your digestive system. Because of its location in within the abdominal cavity and in the digestive system, pancreatic cancer does and will affect your digestion. Thus, also affecting your appetite after all. Your appetite will suffer from a sudden drop. Additionally, you will feel full after eating just a little bit.
Because of the tumour growing very quickly, the space for your organs is reduced. Your stomach will feel the pressure as well as your small intestine. This is related to the digestive blockage explained before. Together with a loss of appetite also comes sudden weight loss. All these symptoms will most likely come together with dizziness and nausea.
By eating less and getting less nutrients in your body, you will most likely feel weak and tired. If you do start feeling this way and can’t force yourself to eat more, please get an appointment with your doctor. Being tired and weak will directly impact on your body’s capacity to better accept treatment for pancreatic cancer.
If you have a sudden weight loss accompanied by a severe lack of appetite, attend a doctor’s clinic. You will get blood tests done as well as a pancreatic cancer screening. You will most likely get a treatment straight away to try and get your appetite back. If that doesn’t work, they will check up on any tumours you may have as well as any other diseases that may affect your digestive track apart from pancreatic cancer. Make sure to keep track of you daily food intake and exercise to keep your health on check. With this in mind, your doctor will be able to diagnose you more clearly and in way less time. Any symptoms you may have felt on top of the lack of appetite should also be considered at this point.
8.Pancreatic Cancer: Urine color
Seemingly to the changes in your stool, changes in your urine also represent different status of your health. From very healthy to sick, urine will have a range of colours which can then be translated into diagnoses. Even if you drink plenty of liquids, your urine may still look dark and slightly orange or brown if you do have pancreatic cancer.
The reason behind it has to do with the buildup of bile. A growing pancreatic cancer can cause the incorrect blockage of bile, which will then not be released in its regular way. As bile needs to be released somehow, it will do so through your urine. Thus resulting in a very dark urine. Additionally, also blood traces will be found in your urine and result in proteins appearing in test results. This will also make your urine darker than usual.
If your diet has been the same, and you have not made any special changes. If you keep drinking enough fluids every day (1.5-2 litres). But you still get dark urine, you will need to get tested. In order to do so, please get an appointment at your doctor’s. You will then be tested not only for urine but also blood and most likely pancreatic cancer screenings will also be done.
If you get proteins in your urine, it will indicate blood traces have been found. Being a woman, if you are having your period or just had it, please state that when giving urine samples as your period’s blood could affect the results and will need to be repeated on a later date. If you have any sort of infection or inflammation you will also have to advise your doctor’s team about it so it does not affect the results in terms of false diagnosis.
9.Pancreatic Cancer: Fatigue and weakness
If you do have pancreatic cancer, you will definitely feel a general sensation of weakness and fatigue. It will not wear off and you will feel like you need to rest or sleep most of the time. This will happen without you changing your diet or exercise. This is due to several causes explained before. One of the main ones if the lack of appetite, resulting in less food being eaten and thus absorbed. This will produce anemia which has symptoms such as extreme fatigue and weakness.
Your lack of appetite is directly related to the pancreatic cancer growing in size within your abdominal cavity. Your weakness is also directly related to its size. Moreover, you may also lack some proper sleep because of the abdominal and lower back pain you may be experiencing due to the pancreatic cancer.
Constant and ongoing fatigue or weakness is a symptom of something going sideways in your body. Either pancreatic cancer or something else, you need to get it checked. Make sure to write down everything you do from daily food, exercise, stress related symptoms, and any other things you may notice. Take the notepad with you to the doctor so everything can be taken into consideration when testing you.
Weakness and fatigue is not only a symptom of pancreatic cancer but also of many other types of cancer. As well as other not so serious illnesses. But it is important that you take it seriously and do not let it go unnoticed by your physician. If you feel low in energy and have not changed your routines at all, get an appointment at your doctor’s of choice and request tests done to you. Include a note for pancreatic cancer screenings if you believe you have the symptoms for it.
10.Pancreatic Cancer: Bloating
As we already mentioned in the previous symptoms, pancreatic cancer does and will affect the organs of your digestive system. By taking space in your abdominal cavity, pancreatic cancer will put pressure on the organs around it. Your stomach and small intestines will most likely feel the biggest pressure of them all.
The presence of pancreatic cancer will cause different gastrointestinal symptoms. Some of them were listed before, but new ones are bloating, inflammation of the abdomen, and gases. The first (bloating) and the last (gases) will develop after your meals. They can also be accompanied by indigestion or heartburn. As well as nausea or vomiting. The reason behind this has to do with the inappropriate functioning of your stomach after being blocked by the pancreatic cancer itself.
If you notice that bloating is getting worse, or if you never had it before to begin with, talk to your doctor. Take with you a diary of what you have eaten in the last few days, any drinks, exercise, or medicines that you are taking. Your doctor will most likely take some bloods from you to test out. If other diseases have been ruled out from it, you may then be taken through a pancreatic cancer screening.
Pancreatic cancer is a big killer in the US, so it is extremely important to catch it on time. If you believe that you, a relative or a friend may suffer from pancreatic cancer, do make sure to contact a doctor for further tests and information about it. Early prevention and treatment are key for a longer life and survival.