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Resources for medics: pancreatic cancer UK

Pancreatic Cancer UK has received accreditation from the Information Standard for the fourth year in a row for its range of publications about pancreatic cancer. The resources aim to assist healthcare professionals in giving advice on the disease, and help them provide the best support to patients and their carers.

The charity began publishing information resources after hearing from doctors, nurses, specialists and patients that they had struggled to find the right tailored support and information about pancreatic cancer.
The resources provide accurate and up-to-date information about issues that are of concern to people affected by pancreatic cancer. The assets complement the advice of healthcare professionals, providing a clear and understandable guide to patients and carers.

The Newly Diagnosed pack is a key resource for people recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, containing a range of publications about diagnosis, treatments, diet and information for carers. It can be tailored to the individual patient’s needs and additional information about the specific hospital or local services can be added.

Pancreatic Cancer: An overview of diagnosis and treatment will be particularly helpful for people with a recent diagnosis. It broadly covers test results, treatment options, managing symptoms and side effects, as well as the help and support which is available.

Diet and pancreatic cancer is a booklet explaining how pancreatic cancer can cause problems with diet, eating and nutrition, as well as how these issues can be managed. Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy and how it should be used effectively is explained in detail, and the booklet contains tips to help patients eat well.
Caring for someone with pancreatic cancer: information for family and carers provides information about how carers can support their loved one, as well as for themselves. It also outlines how to access a range of support for both the patient and the carer.

Pain and pancreatic cancer describes the different types of pain pancreatic cancer can cause, provides information on how to describe pain to medical professionals and how pain can be managed and kept under control. It also provides information about painkillers and their side effects, and other methods that can aid pain relief.
Patient Charter: What you should expect from your care explains the standard of care all people with pancreatic cancer should have.

Specific pancreatic cancer treatments Information fact sheets are also available for specific pancreatic cancer treatments including; Surgery for operable pancreatic cancer, Stents and bypass surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy , as well as for a range of Chemotherapy drugs including: Gemcitabine, Capecitabine, FOLFIRINOX, Fluorouracil, Nab-paclitaxel (Abraxane), and Oxaliplatin.

We’re here for you: our support services leaflet explains the different ways Pancreatic Cancer UK can support people affected by pancreatic cancer. It includes information about the Pancreatic Cancer UK Support Line, which is run by pancreatic cancer specialist nurses and is available to anyone affected by pancreatic cancer. The free service is available from 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday by calling 0800 801 0707 or emailing [email protected]. It also outlines the Pancreatic Cancer UK Discussion

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