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.

Key facts

  • Getting practical things organised may help reduce your worry or stress.
  • There are benefits and grants available, and other ways to help with your finances, including the cost of transport.
  • Talk to your employer about ways to keep working if you want to. You are protected from discrimination at work if you have cancer.
  • 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. You can get an assessment from an occupational therapist (OT). They can help you get equipment and make changes to your home.
  • Complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage, or relaxation therapies can also help with anxiety, pain and other side effects.
  • If you have family or friends who want to help, ask for specific things. For example, they could update other friends and family about recent hospital visits or test results.
  • Family or friends may also be able to help with driving you to hospital appointments, shopping, cooking or cleaning.

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 November 2022

To be reviewed November 2025