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Pancreatic Cancer: Symptoms

Pancreatic cancer often does not cause any symptoms at first. Even when it does cause symptoms, they can often be similar to those caused by other conditions. Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:

  • Yellowing of your eyes or skin (jaundice)

  • Itchy skin

  • Dark yellow or brown urine

  • Pale, greasy, foul-smelling stools that may float in the toilet

  • Pain in your stomach or back

  • Indigestion or discomfort after eating fatty foods

  • Loss of appetite

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Extreme tiredness

  • Blood clots in your leg. This can cause pain, redness, or swelling in the leg.

  • Blood clots in your lung. This can cause shortness of breath or chest pain.

  • Uneven, lumpy fatty tissue under your skin.

When to see your healthcare provider

Many of these symptoms can be caused by other health problems. So it’s important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have pancreatic cancer.

Online Medical Reviewer: Jessica Gotwals RN BSN MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: Rita Sather RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Todd Gersten MD
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2023
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