Does pancreatic cancer cause back pain? Stomach and Back Pain
A common symptom of pancreatic cancer is a dull pain in the upper abdomen (belly) and/or middle or upper back that comes and goes. This is probably caused by a tumor that has formed in the body or tail of the pancreas because it can press on the spine.
Are there any early warning signs of pancreatic cancer? When symptoms of a pancreatic tumor first appear, they most commonly include jaundice, or a yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes, which is caused by an excess of bilirubin—a dark, yellow-brown substance made by the liver. Sudden weight loss is also a common early warning sign of pancreatic cancer.
What happens when you have pancreatic cancer? Pain in the abdomen (belly) or back is common in pancreatic cancer. Cancers that start in the body or tail of the pancreas can grow fairly large and start to press on other nearby organs, causing pain. The cancer may also spread to the nerves surrounding the pancreas, which often causes back pain.
How can you help someone with pancreatic cancer? Be a friend: Simply being there for the patient to lean on is helpful. Talk to them about favorite memories, their favorite television show, current events or music they like. Help them feel “normal” instead of secluded. This can be done over the phone if you are unable to be there in person.