NICE guideline 4: Emotional (psychological) support for pancreatic cancer
4.1 Your medical team should check the emotional effects of the following symptoms throughout your treatment and care:
- fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- problems with diet, digestion and nutrition, including changes to appetite
- anxiety and depression.
For example, your doctor, nurse or other members of your medical team should ask you about different symptoms and how you are feeling at different points throughout your care. This includes at diagnosis, and during and after treatment. They should support you in managing any issues you have.
4.2 People with pancreatic cancer and their families should be given information and support by the medical team, to help them manage the emotional impact of pancreatic cancer on their daily lives. This support should be tailored to their needs and the stage of their cancer, and should continue to be available throughout their care.
4.3 NICE has made recommendations about providing information and support in its guidelines, Patient experience in adult NHS services: improving the experience of care for people using adult NHS services.
Read more about coping with pancreatic cancer.
Read other sections of the NICE guidelines for pancreatic cancer:
- Specialist pancreatic multidisciplinary teams
- Working out how far the cancer has spread (staging)
- Managing pain
- Managing diet and nutrition
- Relieving a blocked bile duct or duodenum
- Managing resectable (operable) and borderline resectable pancreatic cancer
- Managing pancreatic cancer that can’t be removed with surgery (inoperable or unresectable cancer)
Published: August 2018
Review date: August 2020