If you have symptoms, you usually begin by seeing your GP. They will examine you and look at your eyes and the colour of your skin. This is to check for jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). They may test your urine (pee) for bile and take some blood samples. They may also examine your tummy (abdomen) for swelling in the liver area. They will ask if you have noticed any changes in your poo (stools) or weight.
If your GP thinks cancer could be causing your symptoms, they will refer you to hospital. At hospital you will have tests and get specialist advice and treatment. GPs have guidelines that help them know when to refer people to a specialist.
If you are aged 60 or older, your doctor may refer you urgently. They may arrange an urgent CT scan or ultrasound within 2 weeks.
If you are aged 40 or older and have jaundice, you should see a specialist within 2 weeks.
Sometimes, people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after being admitted to hospital because a symptom is making them unwell.