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Pancreatic Cancer

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My father has pancreatic cancer. He has a lot of abdominal pain. What can be done?

Pain control is a very important part of the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer. Besides oral painkillers, such as NSAIDs (Ponstan®, Synflex® and others from the same family of medicines) and opioids, such as codeine and morphine, injections to deaden the nerve causing the pain can be considered, i.e. nerve block. Other measures include radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

My mother is extremely jaundiced from her pancreatic cancer. Is it dangerous?

Jaundice, by itself, is not life-threatening. It is a result of the biliary ducts being blocked by the cancer. Because of the blockage, infection is more common and may require antibiotics and decompression procedures. Jaundice can also be associated with itching of the skin which can be troublesome. Oral medications may sometimes help. 

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Cancer Information Service (National cancer Institute, USA)
CancerNet (National Cancer Institute, USA)

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