Pancreatic Cancer Facts

Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant cells grow in the pancreas, a gland located behind the stomach and in front of the spine. Learn More ›

Symptoms: Abdominal Pain

  • Belching

  • Diarrhea

  • Flatulence

  • Gas

  • Indigestion

  • Nausea

  • Poor appetite

  • Vomiting

  • Change in bowel habits

  • Change in level of consciousness

  • Chest pain or pressure

  • Easy bleeding or bruising

  • Enlarged liver/topic/fibromyalgia/diagnosing-fibromyalgia-q-and-a

  • Fatigue

  • Fever and chills

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • Missed menstrual periods

  • Pale skin

  • Rapid heart rate

  • Rapid breathing or shortness of breath

  • Bloody or black stools

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Dizziness

  • Fainting or change in level of consciousness or lethargy

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Pulsating mass in abdomen

  • Rapid pulse or rapid breathing

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Vomiting blood or black material (resembling coffee grounds)

  • Weakness

  • Yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)

Learn more about Abdominal Pain

Treatment: Choices for Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers are continually finding new ways to treat pancreatic cancer. People diagnosed with this cancer now have more hope for survival than ever before.

The choices that you have for treatment depend on these factors.

  • Type, size, and location of the tumor in your pancreas

  • Results of lab tests

  • Extent of the disease, called the stage

  • Status of your health and your age

  • Your personal concerns and preferences

Many people want to learn all they can about their cancer and treatment choices so that they can make confident decisions about their care. If you’re one of them, you’re likely to have many questions. For instance, most people with pancreatic cancer want to know if they’ll have to change their normal activities after treatment. Your doctor is the best person to answer your questions.

Learn more about treatment options

Living with: Am I At Risk for Pancreatic Cancer?

There is no way to know for sure if you’re going to get pancreatic cancer. And there is no known way to prevent it. Certain factors can make you more likely to get this type of cancer than another person. These are called risk factors. Some risk factors, such as age or family history, are out of your control. Other risk factors, such as smoking and diet, can be controlled. Here are the most common risk factors for pancreatic cancer.

I smoke or have smoked in the past.

Smoking is a risk factor for many types of cancer. It is also a risk factor for pancreatic cancer.

Learn more about the risks of Pancreatic Cancer

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