Our publications

Receiving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be a stressful and confusing time.  Pancreatic Cancer Action produces a number of patient information booklets to help patients and their families understand what is happening.   The booklets can be viewed online below and we can send them to a UK address free of charge.

Unfortunately we are not able to ship overseas.

Our publications and the public health information contained on this website are produced under the Information Standard certified scheme. Our publications are reviewed by medical professionals and people who have been affected by pancreatic cancer.

Understanding Pancreatic Cancer Booklets

booklet 1Booklet 1 – What is pancreatic cancer and how is it diagnosed?

32-page booklet for patients and carers describing pancreatic cancer, its causes and symptoms. It gives detailed information on the diagnostic tests used and the stages of pancreatic cancer.   It includes a section on what to ask your doctor, where to go for further information and a glossary to explain many of the terms used.

Layout 1Commended in the BMA Patient Information Awards 2014

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booklet 2Booklet 2 -Surgery for operable pancreatic cancer

37-page booklet for patients and carers covering surgical procedures for those who are able to have their tumour removed. Contains information on the different types of surgery available and practical information about your hospital visit and returning home.  Also includes a section about second opinions, clinical trials and questions to ask your doctor and a glossary to explain some of the terms used.

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Booklet 3Booklet 3 -Treatments to control the symptoms of pancreatic cancer

37-page booklet for patients and carers covering the different procedures used to control pancreatic cancer symptoms with practical information about your hospital visit and returning home.  Includes a section about second opinions, clinical trials and questions to ask your doctor and a glossary to explain some of the terms used.

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Booklet 4

Booklet 4 – Chemotherapy and how it is given

45-page booklet for patients and carers describing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.  Describes how chemotherapy treatment works, how it is given and how it may affect the patient. Provides advice on coping with side effects.  Includes a section about second opinions, clinical trials and questions to ask your doctor and a glossary to explain some of the terms used.

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Booklet 5Booklet 5 – Diet and Nutrition for Pancreatic Cancer

37 page booklet for patients and carers containing information about how pancreatic cancer can affect your diet and nutrition.  Provides information on managing dietary symptoms such as poor appetite, weight loss and managing diarrhoea. Contains a section about dietary supplements and information about diabetes and diet. Contains dietary advice for patients undergoing surgery and for patients undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy.

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stent front pageEating after Duodenal Stent

12 page booklet containing all the information you need about eating after you have had a Duodenal Stent inserted. What to expect and what are the best foods to eat and avoid.

In conjunction with the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.PSGB logo

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Front CoverPancreatic Cysts and Cystic Tumours

36-page booklet for patients and carers describing the types of pancreatic cyst, their symptoms and risks. It gives detailed information on the diagnostic tests used, the different types of treatment given for both cancerous and non-cancerous cysts.  It includes a glossary to explain many of the terms used.

In conjunction with The Institute for Liver and Digestive Health, University College London

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