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In most cases, symptoms don't appear until pancreatic cancer is in later stages. If you have problems, don't think it's because of cancer. Many are caused by other, less serious health problems, such as pancreatitis. There can also be problems with the gallbladder or liver. But, you still need to talk about them with your doctor. Finding and treating the cause early will make your chances for a cure better.
Symptoms can differ based on the part of the pancreas that has cancer. The most common are:
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Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP Last Updated: 12/16/2020