What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer?

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My mom, 54, has been having belly aches for quite a while. And she got diabetes last year. She went to the doctor but the doctor said it's just overeating. I don't know which one of you I should believe...
Personally I would believe your mom's symptom s. Go to another doctor! My mom died of pancreatic cancer...wouldn't want anyone to go thru it. Best of luck. Give your mom a big hug everyday☺
Belly ache and diabetes don't equal to pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer may present symptoms like sudden high blood pressure, discomfort in belly, it doesn't mean everyone with an achy stomach and diabetes have pancreatic cancer.
Get an ultrasound, if it's clear, it's okay. Then re-do the ultrasound every 12 months.
An old woman in my neighborhood passed away last year. She was itching all over her body, went to a dermatologist, the Dr. refered her to an endocrinologist, she had super high blood sugar. The endocrinologist ordered ultrasound, pancreatic cancer metastasis to liver. She passed away like in a month, super fast. Scary.
Some study claimed like half of people had sudden elevation of blood sugar before pancreatic cancer is diagnosed.

Of course, it's not the case vice versa.

Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of your pancreas — an organ in your abdomen that lies horizontally behind the lower part of your stomach. Your pancreas releases enzymes that aid digestion and hormones that help manage your blood sugar.

Pancreatic cancer typically spreads rapidly to nearby organs. It is seldom detected in its early stages. But for people with pancreatic cysts or a family history of pancreatic cancer, some screening steps might help detect a problem early. One sign of pancreatic cancer is diabetes, especially when it occurs with weight loss, jaundice or pain in the upper abdomen that spreads to the back.

Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of these.

Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer often don't occur until the disease is advanced. They may include:

  • Pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to your back
  • Loss of appetite or unintended weight loss
  • Depression
  • New-onset diabetes
  • Blood clots
  • Fatigue
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)