Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

Often referred to as a “silent” disease, pancreatic cancer rarely has noticeable symptoms in the early stages. The symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer can also be present in other medical conditions. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned Southeast Radiation Oncology Center recommends you speak with your doctor.

Your Back or Stomach Hurts

A dull ache in your abdomen or back may be caused by a tumor. The location of a tumor could mean it is pushing up against nerves or organs.

You’re Bloated

Digestive problems are common with pancreatic cancer which can lead to gas and bloating.

Loss of Appetite

Indigestion, loss of appetite and nausea are all common symptoms of pancreatic cancer. A tumor could be blocking or slowing the digestive process.

You’re Unexpectedly Losing Weight

Unexpected weight loss with pancreatic cancer can be caused by incomplete digestion due to the cancer. The body burns more calories than usual which leads to a breakdown in muscles and decreased appetite.

Your Skin and Eyes Look Yellow

Pancreatic cancer can block ducts that release bile into the intestine. This process causes skin and eyes to turn jaundice, it can also cause dark urine, light colored stools and itching skin.

We here at Southeast Radiation Oncology Center are available to answer any questions you may have about pancreatic cancer diagnosis, symptoms, stages and treatment options. Please contact us with any questions, a member of our team will be happy to assist you.