For many people with pancreatic cancer, the main aim of treatment is to control symptoms.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy can sometimes help shrink the cancer for a time. This can help to control symptoms. You can also have other treatments that will help you feel better and have the best quality of life possible. This is known as supportive care.
Your GP or cancer specialist will refer you to a palliative care team. This is a team of doctors and nurses who will make sure that your symptoms are controlled. They will work with you, your GP, and other health professionals.
They are experts in helping control symptoms such as:
- changes in bowel function (poo)
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- any other problems caused by pancreatic cancer.
Palliative care teams are based in hospitals, hospices, palliative care units and pain clinics.
We have further information about controlling the symptoms of cancer and coping with advanced cancer.