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Symptom Management and Palliative Care in Pancreatic Cancer

Rabow, Michael W. MD*; Petzel, Maria Q.B. RD; Adkins, Sarah H. MD*

doi: 10.1097/PPO.0000000000000293
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Evidence documents the benefits of palliative care to ameliorate the symptoms of pancreatic cancer as well as those from its treatment. Professional organizations now recommend palliative care for all patients with pancreatic cancer early in the course of illness and concurrently with active treatment. Scrupulous symptom management as well as sensitive communication and advance care planning allow oncologists to provide “primary palliative care” and to care well for patients with pancreatic cancer throughout the course of their illness.

From the *Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Francisco, CA; and †Department of Clinical Nutrition and Department of Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.

Reprints: Michael W. Rabow, MD, UCSF/Mount Zion, 1545 Divisadero St, #313, San Francisco, CA 94143–0320. E-mail:

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