Warning signs and symptoms: Pancreatic cancer


Pancreatic cancer symptoms may be mistaken for symptoms of other diseases in the initial stages, but in the advanced stages, few obvious symptoms are noticed:

• Yellowish discoloration of the skin and white portion of the eye (jaundice symptoms)
• Clay-colored stool
• Brownish discoloration of the urine along with a strong odor
• Nausea, vomiting and weight loss (observed in 35-45% of patients)
• General body weakness and fatigue
• Abdominal pain and cramps that slowly radiate to the back and shoulders (observed in 75-90% patients)
• The occurrence of blood clots causing swelling and reddish discoloration (Venous Thromboembolism)
• Diarrhea and cramps immediately after eating (indicators of pancreatic insufficiency)
• Enlargement of gallbladder or liver (due to bile duct obstruction causing bile accumulation)
• Formation of uneven fatty tissue layer under the skin (due to the release of fat-digesting enzymes)
• Indigestion and heartburn