Pancreatic Cancer: Symptoms
Initial symptoms often mimic those of other diseases, such as viral hepatitis or gallstones, or the patient may report none at all. As a result, the disease is often diagnosed only once it has reached more advanced stages.
Symptoms may include
- Pain in the upper abdomen, often with pain in the back- directly behind the upper abdomen.
- Unexplained weight loss
- Itchy skin
- Loss of appetite
- Floating or foul smelling stools
- Ascites, a condition in which excessive fluid builds up in the abdominal cavity causing swelling and distention of the belly and, sometimes, pain and difficulty breathing.
- New or sudden worsening of diabetes