Cancer Keys: Leukaemia and Hepatosplenomegaly

Cancer Keys: Leukaemia and Hepatosplenomegaly

Swelling of the liver and spleen can be due to a number of causes such as infection, however in some cases it can be an indicator of leukaemia. A patient with an enlarged spleen may present with a feeling of discomfort or pain behind the left ribs and feel full very...
Cancer Keys: Cancer and Dyspepsia

Cancer Keys: Cancer and Dyspepsia

Whilst dyspepsia is commonplace in general practice, it can sometimes be an indicator of stomach or oesophageal cancers. Potential pitfall: Typically, dyspepsia may be associated with common and less serious triggers such as lifestyle factors or stress. With patients...
Cancer Keys: Thrombocytosis and L.E.G.O

Cancer Keys: Thrombocytosis and L.E.G.O

Reactive thrombocytosis can be indicator for several underlying causes, which are either self-limiting or serious. These can include infection (e.g. H.pylori), inflammation, blood loss, anaemia and a number of cancers. Helpful hint Depending on the presentation, NICE...
Cancer Keys: RUQ Pain in Pancreatic Cancer

Cancer Keys: RUQ Pain in Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer diagnoses can be missed due to the non-site specific nature of some early symptoms. However, according to CRUK, up to 70% of patients with pancreatic cancer initially visit the doctor with upper abdominal or back pain. Potential Pitfall Pain often...