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Pancreatic cancer - Recovering from surgery

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It can be a long and difficult process to recover from pancreatic surgery.

You will usually be in some pain shortly after your operation. The staff at your hospital will make sure you have adequate pain relief.

After any surgery to your digestive system your bowel will temporarily stop working. This means you will not be able to eat or drink straight away. You will gradually be able to sip fluids before eventually being able to drink and eat more regularly. You will then be referred to a dietitian, who will be able to advise you on what foods you should be eating following your operation.

After the removal of the cancer it is normal practice to have a six-month course of chemotherapy, which greatly increases your chance of being cured.

Unfortunately, because cancer of the pancreas is difficult to diagnose and treat, many people do not completely recover. Treatment can be very effective in helping to ease symptoms and make you as comfortable as possible. Chemotherapy can both help to shrink your tumour and slow down its growth.

Medical Review: July 01, 2012
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