What medical care can I have?
You will still be able to have treatments to help with any symptoms of the cancer. This might include:
- medicines and other treatments to help with pain
- capsules called pancreatic enzymes to help any problems with eating and digestion
- medicines to help with sickness or bowel problems
- ways to manage fatigue
- other treatments and support to help with symptoms.
Specialist palliative care
If you can’t have treatment to control the cancer, you may be referred to a specialist palliative care team. They can help manage symptoms, as well as supporting you and your family. If you haven’t seen a palliative care team, ask your GP to refer you.
Thinking about your future care
If you have been told that you can’t have treatment to control the cancer, you might want to think about what care you would or wouldn’t want if your cancer got worse. This is called advance care planning. This can be difficult to do, but it may help you feel more prepared and in control.
Knowing what to expect
Sometimes pancreatic cancer can grow and spread quickly. If you have been told you only have a few months to live, you may want to know what to expect. We have information and support available if you want to find out more.
You can speak to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line. They can explain what to expect, and how to get the support you need.