4. What to expect from your pancreatic cancer care: Compassion, dignity and respect, as well as practical and emotional support

We explain the emotional support you should expect and receive while being diagnosed and treated for pancreatic cancer.

Compassionate care

You should be treated with compassion, dignity and respect at all times by your medical team. This includes having your concerns listened to and your wishes taken into account.

Emotional care

Your doctor or nurse should ask how you are coping emotionally, including coping with your diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, any symptoms and any feelings of anxiety or depression.

Support service

You should be offered emotional support. If you are having difficulty coping with pancreatic cancer, you should be given information about, or referred to, specialist support such as counselling. You should also be told about organisations that can support you. This support should be available throughout your care and tailored to your needs.

We can provide information and support to you and your family.

You can speak to our specialist nurses on our confidential Support Line. You can also talk to others affected by pancreatic cancer on our online Forum. And our Living with Pancreatic Cancer Support Sessions provide online support for people with pancreatic cancer. There are also support groups where you can meet others.

Getting support

Practical support

You should be given information about practical support available, such as support with financial issues. Find out more about the different kinds of practical support available.

Updated August 2020

Review Date March 2024