Pancreatic cancer is a rare form of cancer, particularly in the younger population. Around 7,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year. The cause of this cancer is not currently known but research continues to work on finding this.
Pancreatic cancer can sometimes be operated on if the tumour is small; chemotherapy would also be used as part of a combined treatment. Following diagnosis, your consultant/doctor will be able to discuss treatment options with you.
Things to look out for
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Abdominal pain, which may spread to your back – this pain may be persistent or sporadic; it may become more intense when you are lying down and may be relieved when sitting up or leaning forward
- Unintentional weight loss and/or loss of appetite
- Jaundice – yellowing of the skin and/or eye whites. Jaundice can also cause changes to your bowel habits; stool may become pale while urine may darken
- Fatigue and/or depression
- Indigestion and/or a bloated feeling after meals
- Vomiting (sickness)
These symptoms can be related to various other medical conditions but due to the nature of pancreatic cancer it is vital you speak to your doctor/consultant straight away if you experience any of these symptoms.