Cancer Nurse Specialist Urges Public to Make Themselves Aware of Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

17th November 2022
Upper Gastrointestinal CNS, Sharlene Mansell

Pancreatic Cancer is often described as a ‘Silent Killer’ and can be difficult to treat, therefore it is vitally important that as many people as possible are aware of the symptoms.

To mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day on the 17 November 2022, the South Eastern Trust Cancer Nurse Specialist’s (CNS) hosted an information stand and recorded a social media message to alert the public to the warning signs of this dangerous cancer, the short video can be viewed on the Trusts Facebook and Twitter pages.

Upper Gastrointestinal CNS, Sharlene Mansell, who supports patients and their families through their diagnosis and treatment journey explained the importance of a swift diagnosis, “Time is a hugely important factor when diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer to give patients and their families the best outcome from their treatment and increase survival rates.

“I urge everyone to make themselves aware of the signs of Pancreatic Cancer and to understand the importance of raising any worries with their GP.”

The main symptoms to look out for are:

  • Jaundice – Yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes
  • Pain on eating/fullness
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Mid back pain – can radiate to stomach
  • Indigestion – not responding to prescribed medicine
  • Pale/smelly stools that don’t flush easily
  • Fatigue
  • Diabetes – new onset not associated with weight gain
  • Unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Low mood or depression

If any of the above symptoms are persistent, please seek medical advice immediately.

Northern Ireland Pancreatic Cancer (NIPANC) and Queens University recently launched a new game called ‘Serious Game’, to provide the public with advice and information on Pancreatic Cancer, you can access the game by visiting;