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What are the symptoms of peritoneal cancer?

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  • Peritoneal cancer can be hard to detect in the early stages because its symptoms are vague and hard to pinpoint. When clear symptoms do occur, the disease has often progressed. Then, symptoms resemble those of ovarian cancer. Many of these symptoms are due to buildup of fluid (ascites) in the abdomen. Peritoneal cancer symptoms may include: Abdominal discomfort or pain from gas, indigestion, pressure, swelling, bloating, or cramps
  • Feeling of fullness, even after a light meal
  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Shortness of breath

From: Peritoneal Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UCSF Medical Center: "Peritoneal Cancer: Signs and Symptoms," "Peritoneal Cancer: Diagnosis," and "Peritoneal Cancer: Treatment."

Primary Peritoneal Cancer Foundation: "About Primary Peritoneal Cancer."

Gynecologic Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Primary Peritoneal Cancer: A Woman's Guide."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

SOURCES:

UCSF Medical Center: "Peritoneal Cancer: Signs and Symptoms," "Peritoneal Cancer: Diagnosis," and "Peritoneal Cancer: Treatment."

Primary Peritoneal Cancer Foundation: "About Primary Peritoneal Cancer."

Gynecologic Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Primary Peritoneal Cancer: A Woman's Guide."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

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