What are the symptoms of spleen cancer?

Symptoms of spleen cancer may be related to enlargement of the spleen, decreased infection-fighting ability in general, or to the specific type of cancer.

Common symptoms of spleen cancer

Common symptoms of spleen cancer include:

  • Abdominal pain or fullness, especially in the upper abdomen
  • Bone pain or joint pain
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Fatigue
  • Fever and chills
  • Frequent infections
  • Night sweats
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Unexplained weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, complications of spleen cancer can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Bluish coloration of the lips or fingernails
  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, palpitations
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing
  • Severe abdominal pain

What is spleen cancer?

The spleen is an organ located under the ribs on the left side of the body. It is part of the lymphatic system, which is composed of lymph nodes, lymph vessels, lymphatic fluid, the tonsils, thymus, spleen, and lymphoid tissue of the digestive tract. The spleen filters the blood and helps the body fight infections.

Most splenic cancers do not start in the spleen, and those that do... Read more about spleen cancerintroduction


What causes spleen cancer?

The reason that some cancers develop in or spread to the spleen is not known. But some risk factors have been identified for lymphoma and leukemia, which can involve the spleen.

What are the risk factors for spleen cancer?

A number of factors increase the risk of developing leukemia and lymphoma, cancers that may involve the spleen. Not all people with risk factors will... Read more about spleen cancercauses


How is spleen cancer treated?

Goal of cancer treatment

The goal of spleen cancer treatment is to permanently cure the cancer or to bring about a complete remission of the disease. Remission means that there is no longer any sign of the disease in the body, although it may recur or relapse later.

Some types of leukemia and lymphoma are slow-growing and may initially be treated conservatively, meaning... Read more about spleen cancertreatments

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 30, 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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