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Side Effects of Treatment

Pancreatic cancer treatment may damage healthy cells and tissues, which may lead to side effects. Specific side effects will depend on the type and extent of the treatment. Side effects may not be the same for each person, and they may even change from one treatment session to the next. The healthcare provider should explain possible side effects and offer suggestions on how to manage them prior to beginning therapy.

Proper Nutrition During Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

It's important to eat well during treatment for pancreatic cancer. Good nutrition can help people feel better and have more energy. However, eating well can be difficult in such situations -- people may not feel like eating if they are uncomfortable or tired. They should talk to their doctor, dietitian, or other healthcare provider, who can suggest ways to maintain a healthy diet.
In the case of pancreatic cancer, checkups and follow-up care are important because certain types of treatment may affect the digestion process. In such cases, doctors will need to check for weight loss, weakness, lack of energy, and other problems associated with malnutrition that may develop.

(Click Pancreatic Cancer Nutrition for more information.)

Clinical Trials

Pancreatic cancer is often hard to control with current treatments. Therefore, doctors may encourage people with the disease to consider taking part in a clinical trial. These research trials are meant to improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for pancreatic cancer. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard.

(Click Pancreatic Cancer Research for more information.)
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