What’s the difference between gall bladder problems and Pancreatic cancer?

Question by rita: What’s the difference between gall bladder problems and Pancreatic cancer?
are symptoms the same? Which symptoms go with one and not the other?

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Answer by Chris
Cancer in the part of the pancreas known as the head can at first cause symptoms similar to gall bladder disease. An ultra sound of the gall bladder area or a cat scan of the upper abdomen will give the diagnosis. Unfortunately by the time pancreatic cancer becomes a cause of symptoms it is usually not curable whereas gall bladder disease is alleviated by removing the gall bladder(cholecystectomy). I hope this helps.

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    Memere RN/BA May 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    They are 2 different organs not even near each other. The only symptoms they share is pain. Gall bladder will most likley have stones when it becomes painful. Trust me, I ignored this when my Dr told me I had to have it out. I ignored it, Was rushed to the hospital and had emergency surgery. When the surgeon took the gall bladder out, it was so infected and swollen, it burst in his hands. I had huge stones. Don’t ignore gall bladder pain. It’s horrible. And what makes you think you may have pancreatic caner. The two are not related.

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