Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms During Stages of Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is one of the harshest forms of cancer to suffer from. Around 7800 people in the UK are diagnosed each year and for many of these the condition is terminal due to the advanced stage of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is extremely difficult to diagnose and no easier to treat. Here we explore each stage of pancreatic cancer and some of the associated symptoms.

Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms during Stages of Cancer: Stage 1

Stage 1 Pancreatic Cancer can be extremely difficult to pick up on because the symptoms and signs are so similar to those of other illnesses.  It is for this reason that it cannot be determined whether or not a patient has Pancreatic Cancer at this point necessarily.  However, if treatments begin in this early stage of cancer, remission is far more likely and the success rate of treatments is far higher also.  This is therefore a stage that requires a number of tests in order to better understand the patient’s circumstances.  Symptoms may include (but are not limited to):

  • Jaundice
  • Lack of appetite
  • Bloating
  • Tiredness or exhaustion
  • Mostly floating stools

Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms during Stages of Cancer: Stage 2

This is a stage where the cancer is usually spreading to the lymph nodes and other tissues.  However, it is a promising stage in terms of the effectiveness of surgical procedures.  Many surgical removals are helpful at this point and have a positive effect towards remission.  However, in the same breath, there are also many instances where surgical removal is not entirely successful which also makes it one of the most disheartening stages.  Symptoms can include (but are not limited to):

  • Depression
  • Weight loss
  • Pain in the lower back and upper abdomen
  • Darker urine than normal

Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms during Stages of Cancer: Stage 3

At this point, radiation does have some effect on the pain that patients are experiencing which can be a relief, however, the patients that find themselves in stage 3 do not generally make it through the cancer and survival rates are low.  At stage 3, the patient may generally have his or her pancreas removed by surgery alongside other treatments.  Again, this is not a particularly successful practice.  In order for pain to subside, there are neuro-sensoring options available but they can be quite costly.  Symptoms at this stage include (but are not limited to):

  • Advanced jaundice
  • Pain in the stomach and back
  • Loss of appetite

Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms during Stages of Cancer: Stage 4

At stage 4, the Pancreatic Cancer would have spread outside of the pancreas itself, causing a number of complications for other areas.  It is a dangerous stage and marks advanced cancer that would have spread to other areas like the lungs for example.  This is a good time to partake in the use of clinical trials and be part of research as most patients do not respond to a variety of treatments at this point.  However, stage 4 can also be split up into two phases.  In the 4A phase, the cancer is local and can make it impossible for the pancreas to be surgically taken out, and stage 4B where the cancer is not localised.

  • Blockages between the stomach and intestine making digestion impossible without surgical changes.
  • Severe abdominal and back pain
  • Little or no appetite
  • Severe weight loss


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