Pancreatic cancer can cause blood clots, which are also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Blood clots often happen in your lower leg, but they can happen anywhere in your arms or legs.
Some people don’t get any symptoms of blood clots. Other people may have some pain, swelling or redness in the area of the clot, and the affected area might feel warm to touch. If you have any of these symptoms it’s important to speak to your GP right away. These symptoms can be caused by other things, but it is worth having them checked.
Sometimes, part of a blood clot can break off and travel in the blood to the arteries in the lungs, where it can cause a blockage. This is called a pulmonary embolism (PE). This is more serious, and may cause shortness of breath, sudden chest pain or a dry cough. It is important to see a GP if you have these symptoms, or go to A&E if you can’t get in touch with your GP.