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Charity booklet targets pain linked to pancreatic cancer

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A new booklet on pain and pancreatic cancer has been launched to help nurses and other healthcare professionals to support patients with the condition.

Pancreatic Cancer UK said it had heard from nurses, doctors and patients who reported struggling to find the right tailored support and information about coping with pain in pancreatic cancer.

“Our callers often have questions about pain treatment”

Jeni Jones

The booklet describes the different types of pain pancreatic cancer can cause, provides information on how to describe pain to clinicians and how it could be managed and kept under control.

In addition, it provides information about painkillers and their side effects, and other methods that can aid pain relief.

The charity noted that currently around 70% of patients with pancreatic cancer experience abdominal pain.

The free booklet – tiled Pain and pancreatic cancer – has been reviewed by healthcare professionals to ensure all information included is accurate and up to date, said the charity.

Patients also took part in the review process, to ensure the content was relevant and easy to understand.

Jeni Jones, pancreatic cancer nurse specialist at Pancreatic Cancer UK, said the charity’s support line received a “large volume” of calls from people experiencing pain in “different forms and for different reasons”.

“If pain isn’t well managed, or if patients feel they aren’t in control of their pain, it can be exhausting, debilitating and stressful for both the patient and their family,” she said.

“Our callers often have questions about pain treatment; or have concerns about the severity of their pain and the effectiveness of their pain relief,” said Ms Jones.

She added: “The ‘pain and pancreatic cancer’ booklet is a brilliant resource and it’s wonderful we can now refer patients and healthcare professionals to this information to give them the answers they need.”

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