Patient Comments: Pancreatic Cancer - Symptoms

What were the symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer in you, a friend, or relative?

Comment from: GregO, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

Amylase level was 5000, I had both acute and chronic pancreatitis. There was severe pain in the upper left quadrant of stomach going through to my back. I lost 30 lbs. in the first month. I also had nausea and loss of appetite.

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Comment from: dkpx2, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 05

My wife was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She had no symptoms other than she had an occasional side ache. She hadn't smoked in 33 years. She was a non-drinker and active walker. She went to the doctor when she had issues. She was a relatively very healthy woman other than having high cholesterol and asthma. She had no other health issues. At diagnosis, her lesions were 4 cm and in the main body of the pancreas with spots on her liver.

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Comment from: maj, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 20

My son passed away this July with pancreatic cancer, he was only 47. His liver was enlarged and it had spread to his bones, lungs, and his entire body. It turned him real dark, his last week on earth was very painful and he could not talk anymore. The pain was so bad his heart gave out and he passed away.

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Comment from: scared, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 28

My brother had prostate problems and was given treatment and had to wear a device for a while. He had stomach problems and felt like he had bad heart burn. Soon the pain became worse after prostate problem died down and he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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Comment from: Zoe, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: October 18

There was weight loss and diarrhea.

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Comment from: 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 29

My grandfather had extended abdomen five years prior to diagnosis. He also had loss of appetite and blood in his stools. Two months before diagnosis he went to the ER three times and they said he had gerd but it was pancreatic cancer. They found out by putting a camera down his throat and there was a tumor blocking the stomach from food from entering. He also started to vomit food those two months.

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Comment from: gigifour4, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I have poor appetite, weight loss bloated stomach, back pain, wake up in the middle of the night with presure feeling in rectum that I need a bowel movement. For several days I was constipated but I eat bran cereal every day. My sister passed away with pancreatic cancer a yar ago. She was 73 years of age. Two of my sister have breast cancer, a brother with lung cancer. On my Mother's side of the family several Aunts died from various types of cancer.

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