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Can keeping a journal help you get relief from pancreatic cancer pain?

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One good strategy to manage your pancreatic cancer pain is to keep track of it with a journal. Write down where it hurts and how it feels. This information will help your doctor understand the cause and figure out how to treat it.

For example, note things about your pain such as whether it's throbbing or a dull ache. Also write down the intensity of the pain on a scale of 1 to 10. Keep track of how often the pain happens and what time of day you get it. Also, write down whether it gets better or worse when you eat or drink. Keep a record of the things that improve your pain.

SOURCES:

Digestive Diseases & Sciences: "Pain in patients with pancreatic cancer: prevalence, mechanisms, management and future developments."

American Cancer Society: "Signs & Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer."

Johns Hopkins: "Pancreatic Cancer Pain Management."

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: "Managing Pain in Pancreatic Cancer."

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: "Exercise as medicine in the management of pancreatic cancer: a case study."

Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing : "A Systematic Review: Mindfulness Intervention for Cancer-Related Pain."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Can Acupuncture Help Relieve Cancer Pain and Other Side Effects?"

Columbia University Irving Medical Center: "Coping with Cancer and How CBT Can Help."

Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology : "Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Patients With Cancer."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 21, 2020

SOURCES:

Digestive Diseases & Sciences: "Pain in patients with pancreatic cancer: prevalence, mechanisms, management and future developments."

American Cancer Society: "Signs & Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer."

Johns Hopkins: "Pancreatic Cancer Pain Management."

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: "Managing Pain in Pancreatic Cancer."

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: "Exercise as medicine in the management of pancreatic cancer: a case study."

Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing : "A Systematic Review: Mindfulness Intervention for Cancer-Related Pain."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Can Acupuncture Help Relieve Cancer Pain and Other Side Effects?"

Columbia University Irving Medical Center: "Coping with Cancer and How CBT Can Help."

Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology : "Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Patients With Cancer."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 21, 2020

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