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Early symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often either absent or subtle. They include abdominal pain, back pain, nausea, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss and, less commonly, jaundice. Since these symptoms are seen in other conditions besides cancer, they may be ignored or missed in the early stages. By the time chronic pain, vomiting, impaired digestion of food and problems with blood sugar control, appear and are recognised, the pancreatic cancer usually has become firmly established.
Last Review Date: March 6, 2017