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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

  • Gallbladder enlargement. You may feel a lump under your right ribs.

  • 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. But 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: Lu Cunningham
Online Medical Reviewer: Richard LoCicero MD
Date Last Reviewed: 1/1/2019
© 2021 The StayWell Company, LLC. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare provider's instructions.
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