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Connie was posted 12/30/1998 06:08 pm by mb
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Connie, I can imagine how worried you are right now, I too lost my dad to PC so the fear is there for myself as well. Most people will have weight loss (unexplained--meaning they are still eating normally), pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to the back, extreme fatigue, changes in the color of the urine (tea-color), stool (light clay color), whites of the eyes or skin becomes jaundiced (yellow), many times there will be changes in the way the pancreas functions, for example the blood sugar becomes elevated (diabetes). Unfortunately many of these symptoms can also occur with other GI disorders. Have you had any testing done related to why you may feel full after eating? You mentioned going to the Dr. for pain in your kidney area--what tests did they do for that? Is there sugar in the urine? I would recommend that you see an internist not an oncologist--because of the fact that your father and his sister had pc there is a chance it's a familial form of pc, but if I understand the stats correctly that only increases your risk slightly more than the normal person. I would love to tell you not to worry, but the simple fact that you're asking questions here tells me you are worried...let me know what lab tests you've had, and maybe I can give you a little more info, or at least tell you what I would ask if I were you. (I am an RN in case you are wondering, and I have just been through this with my own dad, and know what I'll be asking for if and when I ever start to feel anything unusual...) Take care. Marcie

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