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Pain With Pancreatic Cancer

If you have pancreatic cancer, you may have pain as the result of a tumor that is pressing against nerves and other organs near the pancreas. Pain can also occur as a side effect of cancer treatment. Many options are available for pain relief, such as medicine, radiation therapy, or a nerve block. Massage therapy, acupuncture, and relaxation techniques may also help.

An Introduction to Pain With Pancreatic Cancer

People with pancreatic cancer may experience pain as a result of their disease. Pain can be the result of a tumor that is pressing against nerves and other organs near the pancreas, or it may be a side effect of pancreatic cancer treatment. In order to relieve or reduce pain associated with pancreatic cancer, doctors may use pain medicine, radiation therapy, or a nerve block.
Pain Medicine
Doctors may recommend the use of pain medicine to relieve pain with pancreatic cancer. While these medicines may make people drowsy and constipated, resting and taking laxatives can help.
Radiation treatment can help relieve pain with pancreatic cancer by shrinking the tumor. Radiation therapy can be administered with or without chemotherapy.
Nerve Block
Doctors may inject alcohol into the area around certain nerves in the abdomen to block the pancreatic cancer pain. This procedure is called a nerve block.

Alternative Treatments for Pancreatic Cancer Pain

Doctors may suggest alternative treatments to relieve or reduce pain that often develops with this disease. These alternative treatments may include:
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Relaxation techniques.


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