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Managing pancreatic cancer symptoms and side effects

Pancreatic cancer can cause a range of symptoms, including problems with diet and digestion, pain, fatigue and feeling sick. Everyone is different, and people will get different symptoms at different stages of their cancer. There are ways to manage these symptoms. Treatments for pancreatic cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can help with some of the symptoms – although they can also cause side effects. 

Your medical team should regularly check how you are coping with your symptoms and talk to you about how you are feeling, and any emotional concerns you have. They should also talk about practical issues. For example, any extra care you need, or advice about finances and support with work. These discussions help the medical team care for you, and manage any issues. If they don’t talk to you about these concerns, or you are worried about anything, speak to your doctor or nurse. You can speak to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line if you have any questions about symptoms.