Pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms in the early stages. When it does have symptoms, they usually are caused by the relationship of the pancreas to other organs of the digestive system.
Pancreatic cancer symptoms include:
- Jaundice or yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Change of color in urine and stool: Urine may turn orange or the color of iced tea. Stool may turn yellow or reddish, or become grey or chalky-white.
- Pain in the abdomen or middle of the back
- Bloating or feeling of fullness
- Nausea, vomiting or indigestion
- Lack of appetite or unexplained weight loss
- Sudden-onset diabetes or sudden change in blood-sugar control in diabetics
- Swollen gallbladder
- Blood clots
These symptoms do not always mean you have pancreatic cancer. However, it is important to discuss any of these symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.