Information for family members

The information in this section is for partners, families and friends of someone with pancreatic cancer.

What's in the 'Information for family members' section?


Many family members are so busy helping the person with cancer, they ignore their own needs – including the emotional impact of having a family member with cancer. This section explains how you can find emotional support, including support groups, counselling and  support for children. You may also want to find our more about helping care for your family member or managing the symptoms and side effects of pancreatic cancer.

Caring for someone with pancreatic cancer

If you are looking after someone with pancreatic cancer, you may hear yourself described as their carer. You may not see yourself as a carer – you may simply see yourself as their partner, family member or friend. But a carer is anyone who looks after a family member or friend, unpaid, and provides support that that person couldn’t manage without.

Read our booklet for family members

To read more about caring for someone with pancreatic cancer, download or order our booklet, Caring for someone with pancreatic cancer: Information for families and carers.

Download or order our booklet
An image of the front cover of Pancreatic Cancer UK's booklet, Caring for someone with pancreatic cancer: information for families and carers

How can we help?

All our information and services are available for families as well as people with pancreatic cancer.

Our discussion forum gives you the chance to connect with other families and share experiences.

If you have any questions, you can speak to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line.

Speak to our nurses
Specialist nurse Dianne

Read stories from other families

Read about the experiences of other families, friends and carers.

Stories from families

Updated September 2019

Review date September 2021

Last reviewed September 2020