Palliative Care of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Muhammad Wasif Saif Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Pancreas Center. New York, NY, USA
Keywords: Cachexia, Depression, Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, Intestinal Obstruction, Jaundice, Pain, Pancreas, Pancreatic Neoplasms, Stents


Pancreatic cancer is one of the most fatal malignancies. Palliative care represents an important aspect of management in patients with pancreatic malignancy. Identifying and treating disease related symptoms are very important. As a physician taking care of these patients it is essential to know these symptoms and treatment modalities. Common problems include biliary obstruction, anticoagulation, and pain management. This review discusses the data presented at the 2011 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting symptom management and supportive care strategies including Abstracts #e14665, #e14622, and #LBA9014. Success is needed in managing these symptoms to palliate patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. It is important for oncologists to recognize the importance of supportive measures that can minimize the symptoms of advanced disease and side effects of cancer treatment.

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How to Cite
SaifM. (2011). Palliative Care of Pancreatic Cancer. JOP. Journal of the Pancreas, 12(4), 355-357.
Highlights from the “2011 ASCO Annual Meeting”. Chicago, IL, USA. June 3-7, 2011