Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer has been called a “silent” disease because it does not have many symptoms until the cancer advances. The early symptoms may be very vague and not specific to the pancreas, such as back pain.

Common symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:

  • Pain in your abdomen, back or both
  • Indigestion or discomfort, especially after eating fatty foods
  • Jaundice, or yellowing, of your eyes, skin or nails
  • Dark yellow or brown urine
  • Lack of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • An enlarged abdomen from a swollen gallbladder
  • Pale, greasy, foul-smelling stools that float in the toilet
  • Blood clots in the leg, causing pain, redness or swelling in the leg
  • Blood clots in the lung, causing shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Uneven, lumpy fatty tissue under your skin