What were your symptoms when you were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?
The signs of pancreatic cancer involve jaundice related symptoms (yellowing of the eyes and skin).
Other symptoms are dark urine, light colored or greasy stools, itchy skin, belly or back pain, weight loss and poor appetite, nausea and vomiting, gall bladder and liver enlargement.
One clear symptom (coupled with the previously mentioned ones) are a blood clot in a large vein (often the leg). Fatty tissue abnormalities, and sometimes pancreatic cancer can cause the development of secondary conditions such as the onset of diabetes (however rare). These secondary conditions further complicate the primary disease.
There is also a host of other signs that need to be tested for with blood and other samples that need to be taken.
It is very important to note that having one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have pancreatic cancer. There are many conditions that mimic these symptoms. It is therefore, very important to see your doctor for further testing to better diagnose the problem (careful not to self-diagnose) and cause yourself needless stress and anxiety.
I read a blog about your query and this are the things I gather for you
Symptoms is depend on the cancer’s location within the pancreas:Pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas tends to cause symptoms such as weight loss, jaundice (yellow skin), dark urine, light stool color, itching, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, back pain, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck.
Hi frank bell
I read your querry and understood it too
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer vary from no symptoms to severe symptoms
initially a person with pancreatic cancer may not have any symptoms at all
but afterwards the symptoms can be either due to pressure effects on the pancreatic duct and the common bile duct leading to jaundice and symptoms related to it, or if it involves the stomach it may present as vommiting indigestion etc. if the pancreatic cancer is involving the hormone secreting cells then it may lead to frequent spells of fainting due to hypoglycemia and a person may feel lethargic and weight loss symptoms. Moreover a palpable mass or swelling can be seen in epigastrium or severe pain in centre of abdopmen radiating at back which increases on lying down and relieves, to some extent, on bending forward.
I hope your querry is answered.