Pancreatic cancer often does not cause any noticeable symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. By being aware of the symptoms it may produce, you can learn to recognize it and seek treatment as soon as possible. Many individuals can guess that pancreatic cancer may cause abdominal pain. However, there are a number of other symptoms that this malignancy can cause that you may not realize are linked.
Here are 10 lesser known symptoms of pancreatic cancer:
- Jaundice, which can cause dark urine, yellow skin and/or eyes and light-colored or greasy stools
- Itchy skin
- Poor appetite, which may lead to weight loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blood clots
- Fatty tissue abnormalities
- Gallbladder or liver enlargement
- New-onset diabetes
It is important to note that having one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have pancreatic cancer, as many other, more common conditions can produce similar symptoms. Therefore, it is best to consult with a physician any time a new symptom does arise.
What if I am diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?
If you have already been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the next step is to explore your treatment options. At Moffitt Cancer Center, the multispecialty team that makes up our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program collaborates to provide our patients with the best possible treatment plans and the best chance at an improved quality of life. Because Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center, our surgeons possess a unique level of experience in treating patients with pancreatic cancer. Additionally, our patients benefit from the wide range of diagnostic and supportive care services we offer in a single, convenient location.
Moffitt welcomes patients with or without a referral to meet with a physician and discuss their pancreatic cancer treatment options. To schedule an appointment, fill out a new patient registration form or call 1-888-663-3488.