Pancreatic cancer symptoms may not develop until the cancer has reached advanced stages or spread to other parts of the body. Some common symptoms include:
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
- Digestive problems, including abnormal stools, nausea or vomiting
- Pain in the upper abdomen which can extend to your back
- Loss of appetite
- Sudden weight loss
- Swollen gallbladder (usually found by your doctor during a physical exam)
- Blood clots
The tests include:
- Blood tests
- Computerized Tomography scan
- Endoscopic Ultrasound
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan
- Positron Emission Test Scan
There are different types of treatment for patients with pancreatic cancer.
Five types of standard treatment are used:
- Radiation therapy
- Chemoradiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
There are treatments for pain caused by pancreatic cancer.
Patients with pancreatic cancer have special nutritional needs.