Weight loss is a common problem in patients with pancreatic cancer. The weight loss can be associated with treatment or the cancer itself. Cancer-induced weight loss (also known as cancer cachexia) is a complex problem that affects the way calories and protein are used by the body. Cancer cachexia can cause the body to burn more calories than usual, break down muscle and decrease appetite. A person may notice a change in appetite or desire for certain foods. Unexplained weight loss may be an early symptom of pancreatic cancer and can occur without any pain or apparent change in digestion.
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