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What to ask your doctor about living with pancreatic cancer

Men and women discussing pancreatic cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • How will my treatment affect me?
  • Will I ever get back to normal, or will I have some long term effects?
  • Will I be able to eat and drink normally?
  • Will I need a special diet?
  • Will I need to take enzyme supplements?
  • How can I see a dietician?
  • Will I be able to go back to work?
  • Where can I get help with claiming benefits and grants?
  • What practical help is available?
  • Why did this happen to me?
  • Are my children at risk of getting cancer of the pancreas?
  • Where can I get help dealing with my feelings?
  • Can you refer me for counselling?
  • Do I have to pay for counselling?
  • Could you refer me to a Macmillan nurse?

If you have an advanced cancer:

  • Why can't my cancer be cured?
  • What symptoms am I likely to have?
  • What help can I have with controlling symptoms?
  • Will I be in pain?
  • What pain control can you offer?
  • How will I die?
  • How long do I have left to live?
  • What support will I get at home?

 

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Updated: 8 January 2013