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Korean J Gastroenterol 2019; 74(2): 95-100  https://doi.org/10.4166/kjg.2019.74.2.95
Emotional Support and Palliative Care for Distressed Patients Suffering from Pancreatic Cancer
Hye Youn Park
Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
Correspondence to: Hye Youn Park, Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, 82 Gumi-ro 173beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam 13620, Korea. Tel: +82-31-787-7441, Fax: +82-31-787-4058, E-mail: quteray@naver.com, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5097-532X
Received: July 12, 2019; Revised: July 24, 2019; Accepted: July 29, 2019; Published online: August 25, 2019.
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Abstract
Pancreatic cancer is associated with a poor prognosis and high mortality. Thus, distress that includes depression and anxiety is a relatively common comorbidity for patients suffering from pancreatic cancer. However, these psychological symptoms are likely to be under-detected and undertreated. Regarding high levels of unmet needs of psychological support for patients with pancreatic cancer, early screening for distress and adequate interventions should be considered in palliative care settings. Suicide, a common but preventable cause of mortality for patients with pancreatic cancer, also deserves the further attention of care providers. Still, there have been limited studies that have documented psychological support for this population. Future research is needed to elucidate appropriate psychological care and models of services for patients suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Keywords: Pancreatic neoplasms; Palliative care; Emotions; Anxiety; Depression


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