Oftentimes, when a liver bile duct becomes blocked by a pancreatic tumor, your stool will appear discolored—either pale and chalky in color or white and clay-like in color. You may also notice that your urine has become darker (almost brown) in color without any dietary explanation. In both cases, you will also likely detect odor changes in your excrement. Urine can become very pungent, while bowel movements have an intense and unusually foul smell. Blood may also appear in your urine or bowel movements.
Discolored stools and changes in urine appearance, consistency and odor are relatively uncommon symptoms of pancreatic cancer. If you are experiencing them, it is more likely than not that there is another explanation. However, pancreatic cancer cannot be ruled out if your doctor is unable to determine the underlying cause of these symptoms, particularly if they are present for an extended period of time or continue to intensify.
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