What are the symptoms of abdominal cancer?

Symptoms of abdominal cancer vary depending on the specific type of cancer, stage of advancement, and other factors. Many people experience no symptoms in the early stages of some forms of abdominal cancer, such as colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, and liver cancer. Symptoms of abdominal cancer can also be vague and similar to symptoms of other diseases, disorders and conditions.

General symptoms of abdominal cancer

Symptoms of abdominal cancer can be similar to symptoms of other conditions. These symptoms include:

Digestive and gastrointestinal tract symptoms of abdominal cancer

Symptoms of abdominal cancer can also affect the gastrointestinal tract and digestive system. These symptoms include:

  • Bloating

  • Change in bowel movements

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Gas

  • Nausea

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool (melana)

  • Vomiting

Other symptoms of abdominal cancer

Other symptoms that may be caused by abdominal cancer include:

INTRODUCTION

What is abdominal cancer?

Abdominal cancer is a type of cancer that occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells anywhere in the abdomen, the area between the lower chest and the groin. The abdomen consists of many organs, including the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, esophagus, and numerous blood vessels. Abdominal cancer is a general term for a variety of cancers.

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CAUSES

What causes abdominal cancer?

Abdominal cancer occurs when old or damaged cells divide and multiply uncontrollably. The underlying cause of this varies depending on the specific form of cancer. For example:

  • Colorectal cancer commonly develops from adenomatous intestinal polyps in the colon that are not removed while still benign.

  • Liver cancer is often caused by cer... Read more about abdominal cancercauses

TREATMENTS

How is abdominal cancer treated?

Treatment of abdominal cancer begins with seeking regular medical care throughout your life. Regular medical care allows a health care professional to best provide early screening tests, such as digital exams and fecal occult blood tests. Regular medical care also provides an opportunity for your health care professional to promptly evaluate symptoms and your risks of developing abdominal cance... Read more about abdominal cancertreatments

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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