Narcotics and non-narcotics are used to treatment pancreatic cancer–associated pain, though non-narcotics, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen, are frequently ineffective or may be contraindicated. Read more . . .
One of the most challenging aspects of pancreatic cancer treatment is pain management. Nearly 80% of patients will have abdominal pain at time of diagnosis, and while the pain is typically epigastric, it may also occur in the upper abdomen and back.1 These patients also frequently experience additional gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.