Early stage pancreatic cancer rarely causes symptoms. Symptoms often only appear once the cancer is large enough to affect nearby organs, or has spread.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer may include:
- jaundice – yellowish skin and eyes, dark urine, pale bowel motions and itchiness of the skin
- indigestion (heartburn)
- appetite loss
- nausea and/or vomiting
- unexplained weight loss
- pain in the upper abdomen, side or back, which may cause you to wake up at night
- changed bowel motions – including diarrhoea, severe constipation, or pale, foul-smelling stools that are difficult to flush away.
The symptoms listed above do not necessarily mean that you have cancer; they can indicate other conditions. However, you should see your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.