Are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer bad?

Can be. Pancreatic cancer symptoms depend on the extent of the cancer and can range form minimal to very significant in intensity. Typical symptoms include jaundice, abdomen pain (can be severe), bowel obstruction, weight loss, new-onset diabetes, depression, fatigue to name a few.
May be. Pancreas is somewhat hidden anatomically. May not have symptoms early with ca (and can depend on location within the gland); one reason it is so deadly. Can have depression, new-onset diabetes, weight loss, blood clots, jaundice, pain (abdominal or back), upset stomach, fatigue, abnormal liver chemistries, anemia, shortness of breath, fractures, etc.

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What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Jaundice, pain, etc. Depending on the location of the tumor the presenting signs and symptoms varries. The tumors of the head of the pancreas typically cause obstruction and cause jaundice. Patient's skin can become yellow, urine become dark color (orange, brown), stool become light gray. Some may be associated with significant back pain, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea, weight loss. Read more...
Varies. It depends where in the pancrease (pancrelipase) the cancer is. If it is closer to the front of the pancreas you could develop obstruction of the bile ducts. This could lead to yellowing of the eyes and skin. Also there is usually darkening of the urine and the stool will change to a tan-white color. People can have severe itching as it gets worse. This is usually referred to as "painless jaundice". Read more...
Continued. If the cancer is in the middle or end fo the pancreas there are sometimes no symptoms until it is advanced. With advanced pancreatic cancer people have high amounts of unexplained weightloss. There is usually not pain associated with pancreatic cancer. Read more...
Depends. Early pancreatic cancer in the body of the pancreas is often asymptomatic or may have vague abdominal symptoms. Cancer in the head of pancreas may present with jaundice. Later there may be pain radiating to the back and symptoms from metastases in the liver. Read more...

How badly does pancreatic cancer hurt?

Varies. Pancreatic cancer can produce severe pain due to infilteration of nerves, metastases to bone and by inducing venous thrombosis and pulmonary emboli. Read more...

Does pancreatic cancer usually cause many symptoms?

Yup... Commonly yellow skin; +/- belly pain; weight loss; new onset diabetes and depression. Pancreas tail makes hormones: insulin, gastrin, glucagon - these cause symptoms. Head/body make digestive juice, and engulf the duct draining the liver into the gut. This is a very nasty cancer. Read more...

I'm wondering why are there no obvious symptoms with pancreatic cancer?

Vague symptoms. Weight loss, bloating, early satiety are vague symptoms and only later when profound weight loss, and back pain or jaundice occur does it come to attention. Read more...
Location of organ. The reason there are no obvious symptoms with pancreatic cancer is that it's location is mostly behind the abdominal cavity. A cancer can grow and grow without disrupting any bodily function for quite a while. Thus the cancer presents later when there is a "mass effect." Read more...

What causes pancreatic cancer? What are the symptoms and how is it treated?

Probably viral. Pancreatic Ca is a lethal disease of probable viral origin. The tumor begins 15-20 yrs before a clinical lesion can be defined. It appears in the head where painless jaundice is seen, in the body with symptoms of invasion of celiac plexus and tail with pseudo varices of vasa brevia. Even with surgery for 10% of patients the survival here is 10%. Chemo with gemzar (gemcitabine) and Abraxane used. Read more...

Can pancreatic cancer cause only mild symptoms? How can I know if I have it?

Pancreatic cancer. 21 M from LA. Asks: Can pancreatic cancer cause only mild symptoms? How can I know if I have it? ANS: Time will tell. Dr. humor here. All diseases go thru evolution of Sx as does CA pancreas. At your age CA pancreas is VERY rare. Discuss with your Drs & they can help u. If u don't wear your seatbelt start doing that now. Only way 2 tell is 2 take out pancreas. But u get diabetes etc 4 life. Read more...