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If your patients’ tumour is inoperable, they will have a different need in terms of support. Organising a cancer review with the patient can identify your patients’ needs and you can help them access support or provide information to supplement their knowledge.
Patients who are not referred to dieticians will still benefit from this intervention to maintain their quality of life. Early referral to palliative care is proven to prevent over treatment and improve quality of life in patients with pancreatic cancer.
It may also benefit your patient to begin to discuss advance care planning and resuscitation with them. Patients or carers may need assistance from outside organisations such as social services to assist them as their condition deteriorates.
Pancreatic Cancer Action produces patient information for symptom management with pancreatic cancer. This booklet will discuss pancreatic cancer symptoms as the disease progresses and guides patients through pharmacological and surgical management.
If your patient is having chemotherapy they will benefit from our information “chemotherapy and how it’s given”.
Macmillan cancer support produce booklets and online information for carers and patients whose disease is advanced. Information ranges from coping with the diagnosis to care planning and help that’s available for carers. The website hosts forums where patients and carers can talk to people in a similar position to their own and seek advice.
PCA are producing a palliative care booklet to help patients understand the end of life process and begin to make plans accordingly. This may also help you to bring up the topic with patients and the information may be a useful take away during a difficult time.
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