Helpline: Cancer - Pancreatic Support
Pancreatic cancer is caused by the cells in your pancreas developing changes in their DNA. These mutations cause the cells to grow and to continue living after the normal cells. These accumulating cells can form a tumor.
Pancreatic cancer is a difficult cancer because it is almost undetectable in its early stages, which is when it’s the easiest to treat. As cancer spreads, the patient has to deal with symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and even frequent jaundice episodes. When they cannot eat the same way, people with pancreatic cancer might end up experiencing rapid weight loss. They become weaker, and as they do, you will find yourself in a family caregiver position.
You might not realize it initially, but caring for a loved one with any type of cancer, including exocrine pancreatic cancer, will put you in a position where you will need support too. Dealing with caregiving challenges can be physically, emotionally, and mentally draining. This is where family members, friends, healthcare professionals, and support groups can help you out. ExtendaTouch is an online support service for caregivers to connect, provide emotional support and advice, and exchange information.
Pancreatic Cancer Helpline
The pain associated with advanced stages of pancreatic cancer combined with the side effects and risk factors of pancreatic cancer treatment like chemotherapy and radiation therapy can overwhelm a caregiver. Seeing a loved one going through, this can be emotionally challenging.
Using ExtendaTouch’s helpline for pancreatic cancer caregivers, you can meet other individuals caring for their loved ones with the same type of cancer. Having someone to talk to who knows precisely what you’re going through can help you find support and provide information. That emotional support and helpful information that other caregivers will offer you will put you in an overall better position to care for your loved one and yourself.