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Get Support During Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer

Dealing with your feelings is often easier as you learn more about your disease and get support from others. Doctors, nurses, and other members of your healthcare team can answer your questions. Talking with friends and family or others who have had cancer can help. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy may also help. Many cancer patients attend support groups where they share what they've learned about cancer and its treatments. Here are some ways you may find support.

  • Ask a nurse or social worker at your hospital or clinic to suggest a local or national support group or advocacy organization.

  • Call PanCAN, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, at 1-877-272-6226 or www.pancan.org. They offer education and resources for people with pancreatic cancer. They can perform a personalized clinical trials search. They also have a support network for caregivers.

  • Call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or www.cancer.gov. It has information on resources.

  • Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345) or www.cancer.org. This nonprofit organization helps patients and their families.