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.
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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