Daily life with pancreatic cancer

This section explains how to get support with practical things like work, money and transport. There is also information about physical activity and complementary therapies which might help with symptoms and side effects.  

Getting the right support can help you cope with pancreatic cancer, and continue with your daily life as much as possible. Getting practical things organised may also help reduce your worry or stress.

Key facts

  • There are benefits and grants available, and other ways to help with costs, including the cost of transport.
  • Talk to your employer about ways to keep working if you want to.
  • Gentle physical activity may help improve fatigue and boost your mood.
  • If you need it, getting the right equipment and adaptations to help you manage at home can make things easier.
  • Complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage, or relaxation therapies can also help with anxiety, pain and other side effects.

Questions to ask your doctor or nurse


  • Where can I get financial advice and support?
  • Can I get advice if I want to carry on working?
  • Can I get help with hospital parking or travel to hospital?
  • What physical activity would be helpful for me?
  • Would complementary therapies help with my symptoms or side effects?

Published September 2020

To be reviewed September 2022