Painkillers are also called analgesics or analgesia. There are many different types and strengths of painkillers suitable for different types of pain. Simple painkillers like paracetamol, are suitable if you have mild pain. If you have moderate pain, you might have weak opioid painkillers such as codeine. For ongoing or severe pain, you usually have morphine type (opioid) painkillers. A doctor or nurse can judge which type of painkiller is best for you. The important thing is that you have the right type of painkiller for your pain and the right dose. You might also have anti inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Nurofen) alongside any of the other painkillers. Anti depressants or anti epileptic drugs help with nerve pain. Some people may use complementary methods of pain control alongside painkillers.
Treatment of stage IV pancreatic cancer may include the following:
Palliative treatments to relieve pain, such as nerve blocks, and other supportive care.
Palliative surgery or stent placement to bypass blocked areas in ducts or the small intestine.
Blood testing allows a doctor to determine the levels of blood sugar in the body. The A1C test is one of the most common because its results estimate blood sugar levels over time, and you don't have to fast. The test is also known as the glycated hemoglobin test. It measures how much glucose has attached itself to red blood cells in your body over the last two to three months.
Since red blood cells have a lifespan of about three months, the A1C test measures your average blood sugar for about three months. The test requires gathering only a small amount of blood.