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How do I manage my stage 4 pancreatic cancer on a daily basis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The most important thing you can do to manage your stage 4 pancreatic cancer is to follow your doctor's treatment plan. He or she may prescribe pain medications, as well as surgery, chemotherapy, or other therapies. In addition, you should learn what you can about your disease and its treatments, so that as you discuss your treatment options with your family and doctor, you can make educated decisions.

If you have surgery or other treatments, you may need to prepare for an extended period of recovery, in which you need more help with daily tasks than you are accustomed to. Your doctor may prescribe medications or nutritional supplements to help you manage discomfort due to the treatments.

You will need support as you cope with this difficult time. You may find it helpful to build a network of family and friends who can talk with you, help you with daily tasks if needed, and provide emotional support. You might consider seeing a counselor or spiritual advisor to help you cope with the practical and emotional issues you face. It might also be helpful to join a support group of others in similar situations.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.