Coronavirus and cancer

We know it’s a worrying time for people with cancer, we have information to help. If you have symptoms of cancer contact your doctor.

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What is pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is cancer that starts in the pancreas, a gland that produces digestive juices and hormones.

Pancreatic cancer symptoms

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include pain in the stomach area or back, yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes (jaundice), and weight loss. 

Risks and causes

Some lifestyle factors and certain medical conditions can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Getting diagnosed

Find out about seeing your GP and when they might refer you to a specialist. Get information on the tests you might have to help diagnose pancreatic cancer. 

 

Stages, types and grades

Stage means the size of the cancer and whether it has spread. Type means the type of cell it started from. Grade means how abnormal the cells look.

Treatment

Your treatment depends on the position of the cancer in the pancreas, how big it is, whether it has spread, and your general health.

Living with pancreatic cancer

Get support to cope during and after pancreatic cancer treatment, including information about diet.

Research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest UK research looking at pancreatic cancer, as well as how you can be involved.

Advanced cancer

Find out where pancreatic cancer can spread, how treatment can control your symptoms, and where to get support.

Survival

Survival depends on many factors including the stage and type of your cancer. These figures for pancreatic cancer survival can only be used as a general guide.

Resources and organisations

Find out about organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with pancreatic cancer and treatment.

Last reviewed: 
10 Sep 2019

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