A disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the tissues of the pancreas. Also called exocrine cancer.
Pancreatic cancer treatment options depend on extent of disease and may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, chemoradiation, and supportive care.
Common side effects may include: stool changes; fatigue; nausea & vomiting; neuropathy; mouth sores; taste & appetite changes; pain; skin & nail changes.
Tips and Tricks
My cancer was found and removed by surgery in 2004. At that time, the amount of information and support available to patients was much more limited than today. Recovery from the surgery was slow, but I had a great team of caregivers and family looking out for me. I’m amazed each year both at how long ago that was and how vivid some of the memories are. If you’re newly diagnosed and going through treatment, reach out to resources such as Gilda’s Club and online support groups who can provide information and encouragement. Remember that you are not a statistic, you are an individual with a purpose.
The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.