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What do I know about caring for someone with stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

If someone in your care has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, you need to make sure that he or she follows the doctor's treatment plan. Because being diagnosed with a serious disease such as pancreatic cancer is extremely stressful and frightening, you should be prepared to encounter strong emotions from the person in your care. The survival rate for those with stage 4 pancreatic cancer is not high, as the removal of the cancer through surgery is no longer an option. Treatments focus on preventing the cancer from invading additional organs and providing relief from the symptoms of the disease. Surgery, chemotherapy, and pain relief treatments are often used in conjunction with one another. You should become familiar with the side effects of these treatments, and prepare in advance for the extra care they will require.

Being a caregiver of someone with cancer can be stressful and exhausting. You may want to join a support group for caregivers to help you in your role.

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