Pancreatic Cancer

Living with Pancreatic Cancer

Living with a serious disease such as pancreatic cancer is not easy. Some people find they need help coping with the emotional and practical aspects of their disease. Pancreatic cancer support groups can 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 pancreatic cancer treatment. Patients may want to talk with a member of their health care team about finding a pancreatic cancer support group.

People living with pancreatic cancer may worry about the future. They may worry about caring for themselves or their families, keeping their jobs, or continuing daily activities. Concerns about pancreatic cancer treatments and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are also common. 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, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful to those who want to talk about their feelings or 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.

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