Pancreatic Cancer

Symptoms of more advanced disease

Some of the symptoms of advanced pancreatic cancer are like those people have before diagnosis (see ‘Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer’ and ‘Signs or symptoms of a recurrence’). For example, weight loss, bowel changes, fatigue and abdominal pain are common at every stage of the disease.
We interviewed some partners or adult children of people who had died. They talked about symptoms that people had mentioned during their last months. Saba, for example, recalled how her mother felt at that time. She had died 11 months after inoperable pancreatic cancer had been found.
John’s (Interview 21) first wife died of pancreatic cancer. Surgery failed and secondary tumours appeared in the liver. She had many problems toward the end of her life.
Other men who had lost their wives from pancreatic cancer also talked about symptoms they had had at the end of life.

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Last reviewed September 2018.



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