- How is pancreatic cancer treated?
- Surgery for pancreatic cancer
- Ablation or embolization for pancreatic cancer
- Radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer
- Chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer
- Targeted therapy for pancreatic cancer
- Pain control for pancreatic cancer
- Clinical trials for pancreatic cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapies for pancreatic cancer
Pain control for pancreatic cancer
Pain can be a real problem for patients with this cancer. But pain can often be relieved with medicines or, sometimes, with surgery or other treatments. Tell your doctor or nurse about any pain you have.
For most patients, treatment with strong medicines can help control the pain. Pain is easier to treat if the treatment is started when you first have it. You should not be afraid to use the pain medicines offered. Pain medicines work best when they are taken on a regular schedule, not just when the pain gets bad. There are long-acting forms of morphine and other drugs that only need to be taken once or twice a day.
There are other ways to relieve pain from pancreatic cancer, such as with endoscopy or surgery. For instance, cutting some of the nerves that carry pain sensations or injecting alcohol into these nerves can often provide relief. If you are having surgery for some reason, these nerves can often be cut or treated during the same operation. Or it can be done either by passing a needle through the skin or by using an endoscope (a long, flexible tube that is passed down the mouth and past the stomach).
Last Medical Review: 08/01/2014
Last Revised: 01/09/2015