Being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer can be a shock. People react in different ways. You may experience a range of emotions from feeling angry to feeling overwhelmed or very sad.
Anxiety and depression are common among the general population in Australia, but are more common among people with cancer because of the type or stage of cancer, its treatment, or their side-effects.
If you feel “down” a lot of the time, and are reluctant to spend time with others, it is a good idea to let someone know about this. Talk to a trusted person as a first step, or if you prefer, your GP or specialist doctor or nurse. They will help develop a plan of care with you, that is best suited to your needs.
Beyond Blue provides information and support with mental health.