Cancer symptoms: The ‘intermittent’ warning sign that may occur at night – BMJ finding

The researchers wrote: “Our study, the largest reported collection of qualitative interviews with people with pancreatic cancer – reports for the first time that symptoms of an intermittent nature may precede a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

“Patients (and potentially their doctor as well) may be falsely reassured by symptoms that come and go.

“Pancreatic cancer might be identified at a stage where curative treatment is more likely if there was greater awareness that intermittent gastrointestinal symptoms have a serious cause, and if patients with intermittent pancreatitis-like symptoms were investigated more readily.”

According to Doctor Anton Bilchik, chief of medicine at John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica: “Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer and the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.”

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