Palliative Care

Living with pancreatic cancer is not easy; a support system is critical in helping a patient cope with both the emotional and day-to-day aspects of this aggressive disease. Patients worry about caring for themselves and their families, and continuing daily activities. Concerns about pancreatic cancer treatments, managing side effects, and hospital stays are also common.

Pancreatic cancer support groups are available to help. In these groups, patients or their family members get together to share what they have learned about coping with their disease and the effects of treatment. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the health care team can answer questions about treatment, diet, working, or other matters. Meeting with a social worker, counsellor, or member of the clergy can be helpful to those who want to discuss their concerns. Often, a social worker can suggest resources for financial aid, transportation, home care, emotional support, or other services to aid in living with pancreatic cancer. Patients and caregivers may want to talk with a member of their health care team about finding a pancreatic cancer support group.

Another option is to ask your specialist, GP, or hospital nurse about referral to a symptom control nurse. These are specialist nurses who can work with you and your doctor to help control your cancer symptoms and improve your well-being.

Diet & Nutrition

To learn more about nutritional considerations for pancreatic cancer patients, please visit our Diet & Nutrition page

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