Advice on Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

Pancreatic cancer is a very aggressive form of cancer. It is the 11th most common form of cancer and unfortunately has a very high mortality rate. If you feel you may have symptoms indicative of pancreatic cancer, it is important to seek medical help immediately.

Advice on Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms – What Are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of early stage pancreatic cancer include abdominal pain (which often radiates to the lower back) that can be confused with trapped wind or bloating, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes), fevers and cold chills and unexplained weight loss.  Any of these symptoms should be checked over by a doctor to determine the underlying cause. 

Advice on Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms – Charities

There are a number of charities that specialise in providing support and advice on pancreatic symptoms.  Some of the organisations you may want to contact for advice, information and support around pancreatic cancer are:

  • The Cancer Buddies Network – this is an online community ran by Professor Ian Smith who is a professor of cancer medicine at the London and Sutton based Royal Marsden Hospitals.  This community brings together those who suffer from any form of cancer, as well as their families and carers and also includes many members of the medical community to provide sound medical advice.

 

  • Marie Curie Cancer Care – this charity provides advice on pancreatic cancer symptoms as well as any other form of cancer.  They provide nursing care as well as hospice care and are very active in communities to assist with fundraising, as well as having commitment to overseas developments.  Marie Curie Cancer Care will also be able to sign post you to any local services and support groups.

 

  • Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, which is a charity that is dedicated to beating pancreatic cancer by raising money to fund innovative research.  Although this charity does not provide direct support and advice on pancreatic cancer symptoms, they are a key player in finding a cure and helping those who suffer from pancreatic cancer on the road to recovery.

 

  • MacMillan Cancer Support is probably the biggest UK based cancer support charity.  They provide information and advice on pancreatic cancer symptoms, organise support groups and provide financial assistance to those who suffer from cancer as well as their families and carers.  MacMillan Cancer Support has also developed an online community, allowing those who suffer from any form of cancer to communicate with others in their situation.

 

Pancreatic is one of the worst forms of “common” cancers you could develop, which is why it is so important that strong support networks are in place for those who are diagnosed with it as well as their families and carers.  The organisations listed above, as well as many other organisations and charities specialising in cancer support, are able to provide information, guidance and advice on pancreatic cancer symptoms, as well as offer real support.  This can be financial, by helping you pay your bills or ensuring you have enough heat for example as well as by providing you with a community of likeminded people.

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