The symptoms of pancreatic cancer will vary depending on where the cancer is in the pancreas (in the head, body or tail of the pancreas). The most common type of pancreatic cancer starts in the cells that produce digestive juices and is called an exocrine tumour.
Although pancreatic cancer does not usually cause symptoms in the early stages, as the cancer grows the following symptoms could present:
- pain in the stomach area or back
- yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes (jaundice)
- unexplained weight loss
Other symptoms could include:
- diabetes (you may experience thirst, an increase in urination, weakness, weight loss and hunger)
- Itching of the skin
- Sickness or nausea
- Changes in bowel motions
- Fever and shivering
- Blood clots
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be vague and therefore it is important to monitor these and seek medical advice as soon as possible.