How does pancreatic cancer kill the body?

Spread . Common sites are liver and peritoneal cavity leading to ascites, jaundice, liver failure. Obstructed bile ducts and invasion into coeliac neural plexus can cause agonizing pain. Cancers of the head and pancreatic neck may differ from ampulla or pancreatic tail. The latter have longer survival and somewhat better prognosis.

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From initial onset of symptoms, how fast does pancreatic cancer tend to spread and kill in a patient when diagnosed (i know if varies, but generally)?

See below. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths. Pancreatic cancer has a poor prognosis: for all stages combined, the 1- and 5-year relative survival rates are 25% and 6%, respectively. For local disease the 5-year survival is approximately 20% while the median survival for locally advanced and for metastatic disease, is 10 and 6 months. Read more...
Months. About 9 out of 10 patients die within the 1st year of their diagnosis. Read more...

Pancreatic cancer. Whipple. Chemo 7 months. Tumors in pancreas and liver. Recent blood clot. Pain. New intestinal blockage. Is my body shutting down?

Complicated. That is a complicated answer. The blood clot is likely secondary to cytokines or body's chemical signaling mechanism, people who undergo chemo / have a history of cancer have a higher possibility of getting blood clots due to this. It's called a hypercoagulable state. The blockage could be secondary to chemotherapy, hang in there, keep close follow up with your doctor. Read more...
Difficult disease. Some blockages are due to scar tissue inside the abdomen (called adhesions), and other blockages are due to cancer growth. A CT scan may be able to tell the difference between the 2. If the blockage is cancer-related, then it may be time to think about a different chemotherapy regimen. But if it's just adhensions, then sometimes an operation helps. Talk to your doctor to investigate further. Read more...