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What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Related Topics: Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer
 

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Pancreatic cancer is sometimes called a “silent” disease because symptoms are rarely present during the early stages of development. If symptoms are present, they are vague and commonly associated with other medical conditions. By the time the disease becomes noticeable to the patient and doctors, most patients have advanced disease. 

Patients may experience different symptoms depending on the location, type and stage of the tumor. Symptoms that commonly lead to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer include jaundice, abdominal and/or back pain, changes in stools, recent onset diabetes, unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite. A person with advanced pancreatic cancer may also experience ascites, which is the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity, and blood clots. Other symptoms may include fatigue, weakness, digestive difficulties and depression.

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