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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2017


Doctors need to assess your health and learn

about your symptoms. Keep in mind, symptoms of

pancreatic cancer (such as abdominal discomfort)

can overlap with many other medical conditions.

Some people with pancreatic cancer may have one

symptom or many at one time. Early on, pancreatic

cancer may not show any signs or symptoms at all.

See Guide 2

for a list of possible symptoms.

Guide 2. Symptoms


• Weight loss

• Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

• Nausea

• Floating stools

• Pain in the belly (abdomen) or back

• Indigestion (eg, heartburn, pain, fullness in belly)

• Depression

Your doctor may think you have this cancer when he

or she finds something abnormal on a routine blood

test, or there are signs of cancer on a routine imaging

test. He or she will also consider any symptoms you

share that could be caused by pancreatic cancer.

Doctors may consider screening for people at high-

risk for pancreatic cancer. People considered at

high risk include those with a family history or known

inherited genetic mutation for pancreatic cancer.

Screening is when tests are done on a regular basis

to detect a disease in someone without symptoms.

Currently, there is no general screening test for

pancreatic cancer.

It is important to tell the doctor how you are feeling

during your visit or call if you have any symptoms.

If you are having symptoms, ask what tests you will

have and why they are being done. If your doctor

suspects pancreatic cancer, he or she may order

tests to get more information about your health. This

may include blood tests and imaging tests. Find out

more about testing for pancreatic cancer in Part 2.


About pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer