Pancreatic Cancer Health Center

Early cancer of the pancreas often doesn’t cause symptoms. When the cancer grows larger, though, you may start to notice some or all of the following symptoms:

  • dark urine, pale stools, and yellow skin and eyes from jaundice
  • pain in the upper part of your belly
  • pain in the middle part of your back that doesn’t go away when you shift your position
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stools that float in the toilet

Also, advanced cancer may cause these general symptoms:

  • weakness or feeling very tired
  • loss of appetite or feelings of fullness
  • weight loss for no known reason

These symptoms may be caused by pancreatic cancer or by other health problems. People with these symptoms should tell their doctor so that problems can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

Review Date: 
March 27, 2012
Last Updated:
December 17, 2013