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What are symptoms of rare pancreatic cancer?

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Like pancreatic adenocarcinoma, islet cell tumors may cause abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea, and vomiting. Hormones released by an islet cell tumor can also cause symptoms, including:

  • Insulinomas (excess insulin): sweating, anxiety, lightheadedness, and fainting from low blood sugar
  • Glucagonomas (excess glucagon): diarrhea, excessive thirst or urination, weight loss
  • Gastrinomas (excess gastrin): abdominal pain,¬†stomach ulcers that can bleed, acid reflux, weight loss
  • Somatostatinomas (excess somatostatin): diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain, foul-smelling fatty stools
  • VIPomas (excess vasoactive intestinal peptide): abdominal cramping, watery diarrhea, facial flushing

From: Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site, "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gullo L. , 2002; vol 22: pp 210-213. Pancreas

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site, "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gullo L. , 2002; vol 22: pp 210-213. Pancreas

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

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