Pain Control and Palliative Care

Pancreatic Cancer and Pain Control

Pain can be an issue for people with pancreatic cancer. If you are having any pain, tell your healthcare team right away. Pain is often easier to treat if treatment is started when the pain first begins.

Treatments to reduce pain can include pain medicines and other treatments such as nerve blocks (an injection). Even chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments can help relieve pain.

Reducing pain may help improve quality of life and is considered a form of palliative care.

For more about pain control in pancreatic cancer, visit cancer.org, the website of the American Cancer Society.

Palliative Care

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary specialty intended to palliate (lessen the severity of) the symptoms of a serious or life-threatening disease such as pancreatic cancer.

The goal of palliative care is to improve the patient’s quality of life and it addresses a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. It also addresses the needs of family and caregivers.

Palliative care can be used alongside primary medical treatment and is appropriate at any stage of the disease. For example, drugs used to control pain or nausea are considered palliative care. Surgery to insert a stent to relieve or prevent a patient’s discomfort could be considered palliative care too.

For an overview of supportive care, visit NCCN.org

Read more at NCCN.org This link is to a third-party website.

For a short article about palliative care, see “5 Important Points About Palliative Care” here on this website.

Read 5 Important Points About Palliative Care