Pancreatic cancer: Fatigue and not feeling relates to malaise and is a symptom to spot

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Pancreatic cancer is the 11th most common cancer in the UK and accounts for three in 100 of all new cancer cases. There are certain symptoms that you should consult your doctor about, if you experience them. The initial symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often quite nonspecific and subtle in onset.

Fatigue may be caused by the pancreatic cancer or the symptoms of the cancer, or it may be a side effect of treatment.

Fatigue is a very common symptom of cancer and is often called cancer-related fatigue, said Pancreatic Cancer UK.

The health charity added: “The cancer itself can cause fatigue, although we don’t fully understand how or why this happens.

“People may have fatigue when they are diagnosed, even before they start treatment.”

Other symptoms of pancreatic cancer may include:

  • Abdominal pain that radiates to your back
  • Loss of appetite or unintended weight loss
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
  • Light-coloured stools
  • Dark-coloured urine
  • Itchy skin
  • New diagnosis of diabetes or existing diabetes that’s becoming more difficult to control
  • Blood clots
  • Fatigue.

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