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
  • Jaundice
  • Itchy skin
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Floating or foul smelling stools
  • Depression
  • 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