Pain can be a major problem for people with pancreatic cancer. These cancers can invade and press on nerves near the pancreas, which can cause pain in the abdomen (belly) or back. Treatment is available to help relieve this pain. If you are having any pain, please be sure to tell your doctor or nurse.
In pancreatic cancer patients who have had diabetes for less than five years, it is unclear if the diabetes contributed to the cancer or if the precancerous cells caused the diabetes. Also, research studies suggest that new-onset diabetes in people over 50 may be an early symptom of pancreatic cancer.
Blood clots or fatty tissue abnormalities - Sometimes, the first clue that there is a pancreatic cancer is the development of a blood clot in a large vein, often a vein in the leg. This is called a deep venous thrombosis or DVT. Sometimes a clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, making it hard to get enough air.
Gallbladder, Liver, Pancreas & Spleen Issues This part of SteadyHealth is dedicated to gallbladder, liver, pancreas and spleen conditions, including gallstones, gallbladder polyps, gallbladder rupture, biliary disorder, jaundice, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, alcohol-induced liver disease, cirrhosis, liver tumor, hepatitis, enlarged spleen, and a ruptured spleen.
Jaundice and related symptoms. Jaundice is yellowing of the eyes and skin. Most people with pancreatic cancer (and nearly all people with ampullary cancer) will have jaundice as one of their first symptoms. Jaundice is caused by the buildup of bilirubin, a dark yellow-brown substance made in the liver.
Pancreatic lymphoma. This entry looks at pancreatic lymphoma, or primary pancreatic lymphoma (PPL), one of the subtypes of lymphoma. 'Lymphoma' is an umbrella term that loosely refers to several dozen independent categorical types and subtypes of cancers of the lymphatic system.
Nausea is the queasy feeling in the stomach which may lead to the urge to vomit. Vomiting is the actual act of getting rid of the contents of the stomach through the mouth, or "throwing up." Getting a little green around the gills? Yep, cancer nausea and vomiting seem to go together like peas in a pod.
Rarer types of exocrine pancreatic cancer include: Cystic tumours Cystic tumours cause a cyst or fluid filled sac in the pancreas. Most pancreatic cysts are benign but some are cancerous. Cystic cancers can have a better outlook (prognosis) than other types of exocrine pancreatic cancer.