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What are gastrointestinal symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

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Because pancreatic cancer grows around important areas of the digestive system, gastrointestinal symptoms often predominate. Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain. More than 80% of people with pancreatic cancer eventually experience some abdominal pain as the tumor grows. Pancreatic cancer can cause a dull ache in the upper abdomen radiating to the back. The pain may come and go.
  • Bloating. Some people with pancreatic cancer have a sense of early fullness with meals (satiety) or an uncomfortable swelling in the abdomen.
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Pale-colored stools. If the duct draining bile into the intestine is blocked by pancreatic cancer, the stools may lose their brown color and become pale or clay-colored. Urine may become darker.

From: Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site, "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gullo L. , 2002; vol 22: pp 210-213. Pancreas

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site, "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

Gullo L. , 2002; vol 22: pp 210-213. Pancreas

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

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