Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer

If you are experiencing any symptoms, which are persistent and not normal for you, it is important that you visit your GP or call NHS 111.

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer

Read about signs and symptoms

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Symptoms Diary

If you are having symptoms you feel might be pancreatic cancer and you are worried, this diary could help you to talk to your doctor. Using a symptoms diary will help you track when you have been having symptoms, and how frequent and persistent they are.

If you are showing any of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer you may have multiple tests to try and find out what is happening. Your symptoms may be due to a number of reasons and most people do not have cancer. It is still important that you get your symptoms investigated.

Diagnosing pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is not straight forward to diagnose and healthcare professionals may not always be able to be certain with you and keep you feeling up to date. Everyone’s journey to a diagnosis is different but they all have things in common, mainly waiting and worrying. These pages will explain the process of diagnosing pancreatic cancer and some of the feelings you may be experiencing.

There are different routes to diagnosis. Often people begin by seeing their GP, some people have many visits before they are diagnosed. The symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be quite vague and difficult to diagnose. If you see your GP and your symptoms are not getting any better, it is important to keep going back.

This section of our website provides detailed information on the tests and procedures involved in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.