What Are the Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer?

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Pancreatic cancer is sometimes called the “silent” disease because in the early stages, people do not exhibit symptoms. If symptoms are present, they may be attributed to other diseases or conditions, or indicative of the cancer having spread beyond the pancreas. Furthermore, symptoms can vary depending on the individual, and often they don’t appear until pancreatic cancer is in advanced stages.

Because of this, early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is a challenge. This means that most people have progressed to later stages by the time a confirmed diagnosis has been made.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor to identify the cause, which may be related to exocrine pancreatic cancer:

  • Jaundice
  • Pain in the upper or middle abdomen and back
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • New-onset diabetes or a sudden change in blood sugar levels in previously controlled diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Digestive difficulties

Learn about tests and procedures doctors use to diagnose pancreatic cancer.

For more information about the symptoms of pancreatic cancer,
visit pancan.org, the website of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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