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diagnosis was posted 04/30/2003 01:09 pm by stringstooshort
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if you go to the main message board page & click on the 'FAQ' button in the upper right, item 6 on the FAQ deals with how PC is diagnosed & what some of the 'symptoms' are. but, there isn't a whole lot of info there.

A lot of people present with jaundice or pain, by which time the PC is fairly advanced locally. My Dad complained of tiredness & saw a gastroenterolgist a year before his diagnosis. The GI determined he was anemic & did a full upper & lower GI series, finding nothing. I believe now that the lack of energy & anemia were related to the PC, but we assumed since all was well with the GI series, that cancer wasn't a problem. Had I known then what I know now, we would've insisted on further testing--an EUS or fine needle biopsy, etc. Although, the results from these can be inconclusive as well.

Even now, almost 2 months post diagnosis, Dad has no pain. We found about the PC after his 2nd bout with jaundice.

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