Pancreatic Cancer: Symptoms and Early Signs

Following are some common pancreatic cancer symptoms, which may raise suspicion of the disease:

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Pancreatic Cancer - Symptoms

  • Jaundice: yellowing of eyes and/or skin.
  • Light colored stools.
  • Dark color urine.
  • Pain in the upper abdomen or back.
  • Loss of appetite or early Satiety.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Increased flatulence.
  • Excessive fatigue.
  • Pruritis.

Any one or more of above symptoms if present may require further investigations.

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The symptoms of the pancreatic cancer depends mainly on the site ot the disease. Most common site for pancreatic cancer is the head and uncinate process of pancreas. Jaundice and biliary colic are the most common symptoms produced by tumors in this location, due to the obstruction of bile duct which passes through the head of pancreas. Due to the close proximity to the duodenum, head of pancreas tumors may lead to duodenal obstruction leading to GI distress. Obstruction of the pancreatic ducts may occur due to the tumors present in the head of pancreas Also by tumors present in other parts, such as the tail of pancreas. Obstruction of the pancreatic duct may led to the development of acute pancreatitis, which presents as pain in the abdomen. It also prevents the release of pancreatic enzymes into the intestine, which presented as steatorrhea, or fatty stools. Except these, other symptoms of pancreatic cancer are, abdominal pain, aching/pressure/burring sensation in abdomen, loss of weight or appetit3, and very rarely, venous thrombosis.

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