Pancreatic cancer

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Symptoms of pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Signs and symptoms often appear as the tumour grows and causes changes in the body. Other health conditions can cause the same symptoms as pancreatic cancer.

See your doctor if you have these signs or symptoms:

  • yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (called jaundicejaundiceA condition in which the skin and whites of the eyes become yellow and urine is dark yellow.)
  • pain in the upper abdomen or upper back
  • fatty stools (called steatorrhea) that are light coloured, bulky and float in the toilet
  • unexplained weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • fatigue
  • nausea and vomiting
  • indigestion
  • feeling full after a small meal
  • bloating
  • gas
  • diarrhea or constipation
  • itching
  • dark urine
  • fever and shivering
  • swelling of the legs

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Facing the financial burden of cancer

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The Canadian Cancer Society provides helpful information about government income programs, financial resources and other resources available to families struggling to make sense of the personal financial burden they face.

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