Medication for Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

Pancreatic cancer is one of the more aggressive forms of cancer and survival rates are very low. There are a few reasons as to why these survival rates are so low, one being that detection is very difficult and because pancreatic cancer has a higher prevalence in the elderly. However, even if detected early, pancreatic cancer only has a survival rate of 20% after five years. Unfortunately as well, pancreatic cancer is one of the more common forms of cancer. Generally, if you do have pancreatic cancer, you may be offered chemotherapy, surgery or radiotherapy. Surgery is generally the most effective treatment, but it is generally used to relieve symptoms rather than cure the cancer.

Blocked Bowel Medication for Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

Pancreatic cancer often causes blocked bowels, for which surgery is also available.  However, in the earlier stages, you may be able to control a blocked bowel with medication for pancreatic cancer symptoms.  Generally, Somastostatin will be administered.  It is in essence a hormone that will lower the amount of fluids in your digestive system, thereby allowing flow in the bowels and reducing the bloating feelings.  Somastostatin is generally given in combination with steroids to reduce swelling.  Unfortunately, this is only a temporary measure.

Steroids as Medication for Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

Steroids are not only given in combination with Somastostatin.  Steroids not only help to reduce blocked bowels, but can also help against weight loss by increasing your appetite. 

Antidepressants as Medication for Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

One of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer is mood swings.  Furthermore, it is not uncommon for people to become very depressed when trying to deal with the reality and finality of their illness.  This is why antidepressants are regularly prescribed for those who have pancreatic cancer.

Pain Control Medication for Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

Those who suffer from pancreatic cancer will regularly experience mild to severe pain.  Depending on the type of pain you feel, you may be prescribed:

  • Paracetamol or weak opioids such as Codeine.  This is only for mild pains, of course.


  • Opioid painkillers.  These painkillers are morphine based and very effective in pain relief.  However, morphine based products are addictive and potentially dangerous so are only prescribed once the need really becomes pressing.  There are different ways for opioid painkillers to be administered, including patches, injections, tablets and even lollies.


  • Anti inflammatory drugs, prescribed to reduce swelling around the cancer, which will be causing problems on your nerves.


Other drugs that may be prescribed to those who suffer from pancreatic cancer include nerve pain drugs, as most people who suffer from pancreatic cancer will have nerve pain.  These include amitriptyline and gabapentin.

Treatment other than Medication for Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

There are also steps you can undertake to reduce pain and discomfort associated with pancreatic cancer symptoms.  These include:

  • Relaxation, allowing your body to relax will relieve nerve pressure and mental pressure.


  • Meditation, again allowing you to be in a relaxed state.  Furthermore, science has demonstrated the health benefits of meditation.


  • Changing position whilst sleeping, preferably at least every two hours.


  • Massage

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