What Are the Basics of Advanced Pancreatic Cancer?

What is advanced pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer happens when abnormal cells in the pancreas grow out of control and form a tumor, which is an abnormal mass of tissue.’

Advanced pancreatic cancer means the cancer has spread from the pancreas to other parts of the body.

Advanced metastatic pancreatic cancer means that the cancer has spread through the bloodstream, or the lymphatic system, to other organs in the body.

The liver is the most common place for it to spread to.

It could also spread to:

  • the lining of the bowel or abdomen (the peritoneum)
  • the lungs
  • the bones
  • somewhere else

What are symptoms of advanced pancreatic cancer?

Symptoms of advanced pancreatic cancer depend on where the cancer is in the body.

Common symptoms include:

  • feeling tired and unwell
  • feeling or being sick
  • persistent vomiting and unexplained weight loss
  • poor digestion
  • tummy (abdominal) pain
  • yellowing of eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • a build-up of fluid in your tummy (abdomen) – ascites

Consult your doctor if you’re worried about a symptom or if it continues for more than a few days.

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