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What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

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At first, pancreatic cancer tends to be silent and painless as it grows. By the time it's large enough to cause symptoms, pancreatic cancer has generally grown outside the pancreas and can't be treated. At this point, symptoms depend on the cancer's location within the pancreas:

  • Pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas tends to cause symptoms first. They include weight loss, jaundice (yellow skin), dark urine, light stool color, itching, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, back pain, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Pancreatic cancer in the body or tail of the pancreas usually causes belly and/or back pain and weight loss.

SOURCES:

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

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

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

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 22, 2020

SOURCES:

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

National Cancer Institute web site: "Pancreatic Cancer."

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

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 22, 2020

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