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In the early stages of pancreatic cancer, you may not experience any symptoms. Or, the symptoms you feel may seem minor.
Each individual may experience symptoms differently. In addition, although these are symptoms of pancreatic cancer, they may also be caused by other, less serious medical problems. If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor to get a definitive diagnosis.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer may include:
Indigestion or discomfort after eating fatty foods
Yellowing of your eyes, skin or nails (called jaundice)
Pain in your upper abdomen, upper back or both
Unexplained weight loss
Pale, greasy, bulky, foul-smelling stools that float on top of the water in the toilet
Dark yellow or brown urine
Lack of appetite
Uneven, lumpy fatty tissue under your skin
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis
Because there are so few symptoms in the early stages, pancreatic cancer is often not diagnosed until it’s in a more advanced stage. If you experience any unexplained symptoms, see your doctor for a diagnosis. We use advanced techniques to get you an accurate diagnosis, so we can begin planning your treatment. Learn more about pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
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Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.