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Pancreatic Cancer Association of WNY PO Box 24580        Rochester, NY  14624



Because pancreatic cancer grows around important areas of the digestive system, gastrointestinal symptoms often predominate:

  • Abdominal pain. More than 80% of people with pancreatic cancer eventually experience some abdominal pain that may radiate to the back. The pain may come and go.
  • Bloating. Some people with pancreatic cancer have a sense of early fullness with meals (satiety) or an uncomfortable swelling in the abdomen.
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Fat in the stool. As pancreatic cancer reduces the pancreas' ability to secrete fat-digesting enzymes, more fat ends up in the stool. These fatty stools can be strange-smelling, and float more than normal.
  • Pale-colored stools. Urine may become darker.


As it grows and spreads, pancreatic cancer affects the whole body. Some other possible symptoms include:

  • Weight loss
  • Malaise
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diabetes
  • Jaundice: yellowing of the skin and the eyes
  • Itching: People with pancreatic cancer sometimes report itching all over caused from a blockage of the bile ducts.


Since many of these symptoms mimic a variety of digestive issues, always discuss your symptoms with a physician.