For many people with pancreatic cancer, the main aim of treatment is to control symptoms. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery can all be used to control symptoms. You may also be offered other treatments to help. These will help you feel better and have the best possible quality of life. This is known as supportive care.
You may be referred to a palliative care team by your GP or cancer specialist. This is a team of doctors and nurses who will work with you, your GP, and other health professionals to make sure that your symptoms are controlled. They are based in hospitals, hospices, palliative care units and pain clinics. They are experts in helping control symptoms such as pain, tiredness, changes in bowel habits, loss of appetite, weight loss and other problems caused by pancreatic cancer.