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Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer may include:

  • Yellowing of skin and/or eyes (jaundice)
  • Light colored stools
  • Dark urine
  • Pain in upper/middle abdomen and back
  • Unexplained weight loss/loss of appetite
  • Feeling very tired

Factors that may increase your risk of developing pancreatic cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Being very overweight
  • History of diabetes or chronic pancreatitis
  • Family history of pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis
  • Having multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 syndrome, hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer, von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, or familial atypical multiple mole melanoma syndrome

Some tests that your provider may do to determine if you have pancreatic cancer include:

  • Blood chemistry test – check for abnormalities of different substances (example: bilirubin)
  • Tumor marker test – check for certain substances that are linked to certain types of cancers
  • Imaging (MRI, CT scan, PET scan, abdominal ultrasound, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography)
  • Laparoscopy – surgical procedure that looks at organs inside abdomen for signs of disease/cancer
  • Biopsy – remove cells/tissue from pancreas to look at under a microscope to determine if there are signs of cancer

Types of treatment for pancreatic cancer include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Chemoradiation
  • Targeted therapy

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