4. What to expect from your pancreatic cancer care: Compassion, dignity and respect, as well as practical and emotional support
You should be treated with compassion, dignity and respect at all times by your medical team. This includes having your concerns listened to and your wishes taken into account.
You should be offered emotional support. If you are having difficulty coping with pancreatic cancer, you should be given information about, or referred to, specialist support such as counselling. You should also be told about organisations that can support you. This support should be available throughout your care and tailored to your needs.
We can provide information and support to you and your family. You can speak to our specialist nurses on our confidential Support Line. You can also talk to others affected by pancreatic cancer on our online Forum. And our Living with Pancreatic Cancer Support Days provide local face to face support for people with pancreatic cancer. There are also support groups where you can meet others.
You should be given information about practical support available, such as support with financial issues.
Find out more about the different kinds of practical support available.
Read more about the care you should expect and receive:
- Assessment and treatment by a specialist team of health professionals
- A clear explanation of your diagnosis, what it means and treatment options
- Timely treatment that is individual to you, and proper management of symptoms and side effects
- Information and support for your family
- Access to well-coordinated end of life care, if needed
Updated August 2018
Review Date August 2020