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What symptoms of pancreatic cancer may arise as the cancer progresses?

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  • Symptoms that may arise as pancreatic cancer progresses include: Significant weight loss accompanied by abdominal pain -- the most likely warning signs.
  • Vague but gradually worsening abdominal pain that may decrease when leaning forward and increase when lying down. Pain is often severe at night and may radiate to the lower back.
  • Digestive or bowel complaints such as diarrhea, constipation, gas pains, bloating, or belching.
  • Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
  • Jaundice, which is usually painless and is indicated by yellowish discoloration of the skin and eye whites, very dark urine, and light-colored stools.
  • Sudden onset of glucose tolerance disorder, such as diabetes.
  • Black or bloody stool, indicating bleeding from the digestive tract.
  • Overall weakness.
  • Enlarged liver and gallbladder.
  • Itching.
  • Blood clots in the legs.
  • Mental status changes, such as a new onset of depression.

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Pancreatic Cancer." 

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

The National Pancreas Foundation: "About Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Pancreatic Cancer." 

National Cancer Institute: "Pancreatic Cancer."

The National Pancreas Foundation: "About Pancreatic Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

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