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Because it is a relatively uncommon cancer type, a pancreatic cancer diagnosis can be particularly unexpected and very upsetting.

It is common to feel overwhelmed and confused by the amount of information that is given to you when you are diagnosed with any cancer.  It can impact many areas of your life in ways that you might not have anticipated. Your ability to work, finances, relationships with friends and family, as well as your emotional wellbeing can all be affected in different ways.

There are a number of charities and support  institutions whose aim is to support anyone affected by cancer including both those that have been diagnosed and their friends and family.

Cancer Research UK have a wealth of information on their website about a range of cancer types, including pancreatic  cancer.  They also have suggestions about how to cope emotionally, practically and physically with cancer.  The Cancer Chat facility can connect you with others in similar situations.  You can talk to people who are going through the things that you or your loved one may be experiencing.  Cancer Research UK nurses can also be contacted via 0808 800 4040, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm if you'd like to speak to someone in person.

Pancreatic Cancer UK provide support and information to anyone affected by pancreatic cancer.  You can contact their support team between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, on 0808 801 0707 or by email at nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk.