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Surgery for pancreatic cancer removes part or all of the pancreas. Other organs might also have been removed.
Once you are home, be sure to stay in contact with your care team. They can help you manage your pain or other symptoms that you may have. If you have pain, you will have medicine you can take. You will probably feel very tired and weak. Even simple tasks may tire you.
You will probably be able to return to work or your normal routine in about 1 month. It will probably take about 3 months for your strength to come back fully. You may need more treatment for the cancer, such as chemotherapy or radiation.
Most people regain their normal appetite in about 8 weeks. You will probably lose some weight. This is normal.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Adaptation Date: 7/17/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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