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What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

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Initially, 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. At this point, symptoms include: 

As it grows and spreads, pancreatic cancer affects the whole body. Such symptoms can include:

In general, symptoms appear earlier from cancers in the head of the pancreas, compared to those in the body and tail. Please keep in mind that having any or all of these symptoms doesn’t mean a person has pancreatic cancer. There are many other causes for these types of symptoms.

  • Jaundicebloodeyes   As pancreatic cancer blocks the duct that releases bile into the intestine (common bile duct), the ingredients of bile build up in the  . This turns the skin and the   yellow, a condition called jaundice. The same blockage causes dark urine and light-colored stools, and itching.
  • Abdominal pain. Pancreatic cancer can cause a dull ache in the upper   radiating to the back. The pain may come and go. abdomen
  • Back pain.
  • Bloating . Some people with pancreatic cancer have a sense of early fullness with meals (satiety) or an uncomfortable swelling in the abdomen.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Weight loss
  • Malaise
  • Loss of appetite
  • Elevated   sugars. Some people with pancreatic cancer develop   as the cancer impairs the pancreas' ability to produce  . (However, the vast majority of people with a new diagnosis of   do not have pancreatic cancer.) blooddiabetesinsulindiabetes

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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