Support for Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer can return after treatment. For this reason, it’s especially important to follow up regularly with doctors at NYU Langone’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center. Checkups can be scheduled every three to six months. Our team of skilled oncology nurses is also an important part of your follow-up care. 

If you are experiencing any symptoms that suggest pancreatic cancer has returned or worsened, your doctor may test your CA 19-9 tumor marker levels or order CT scans or MRI scans

Our doctors and nurses can also refer you to supportive services at Perlmutter Cancer Center, which are designed to help you feel better during and after treatment.  

Physical Rehabilitation

Doctors at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation evaluate you and prescribe physical therapy that can help you with moving after surgery, which may allow you to return home sooner. Our physicians can also prescribe medications for postoperative pain and discomfort that may be interfering with your ability to perform everyday activities.

NYU Langone doctors prescribe a rehabilitation program focusing on strength training and aerobic exercise, which can reduce tumor related weakness and fatigue. It can also improve balance, flexibility, and mobility. 


Our doctors encourage healthy eating for people with pancreatic cancer. Good nutrition is particularly important if the digestive tract has changed due to surgery.

Registered oncology dietitians at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center and our specialists in endocrinology and nutrition can provide education and counseling on how to eat healthfully. 

Psychological and Social Support

Support groups and one-on-one counseling sessions with a psycho-oncologist, which is a healthcare provider trained to address the psychological needs of people with cancer, are available at Perlmutter Cancer Center.

Psychological support can often help you cope with any depression or anxiety you might experience during treatment. Social workers are also available to address any financial matters that may arise during your treatment. 

Palliative Care

NYU Langone’s palliative care team is available to provide you with relief from any discomfort or pain associated with pancreatic cancer or its treatments.

Your doctor may recommend pain relief medications, one of our integrative health services, or a combination. Integrative health services include massage therapy, which can help reduce stress, and acupuncture, which may relieve chemotherapy and radiation related fatigue. Our yoga program can help you to relax and improve your strength.

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