Korean J Pancreas Biliary Tract.  2015 Jan;20(1):22-26. 10.15279/kpba.2015.20.1.22.

Pain Control, Nutritional and Emotional Support

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Hallym University College of Medicine, Hwaseong, Korea. dhkoh@hallym.or.kr


Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal malignancies. Despite the availability of newer and better antineoplastic combinations, the 5-year survival rate for all stages of pancreatic cancer remains only 6%. Palliative care represents an important aspect of care in patient with pancreatic cancer. Thus, optimal palliation of symptoms to maximize remaining quality of life is of primary importance to most patients. This review discusses highlights the most significant problems faced when caring for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. Common problems include pain, pancreatic insufficiency, anorexia-cachexia and depression. To provide optimal and meaningful supportive care for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer is complex and requires ongoing close monitoring of the physical and emotional aspects of the patient. Prompt management of the many symptoms and problems associated with pancreatic cancer is essential to minimize distress and improve quality of life for patients with this fatal disease. Recognizing end-of-life concerns and patient preferences during the dying process helps clinicians find ways to alleviate suffering for patients and families.


Pancreatic cancer; Pain control; Supportive care; Nutrition support

MeSH Terms

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Palliative Care
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Patient Preference
Quality of Life
Survival Rate
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