Background: Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive form of cancer with a high mortality. The course of disease affects not only the patient, but also the family. The aim of this study was to gain insight into and broaden the understanding of the family’s experiences of living with a relative diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Method: The study was based on a phenomenological hermeneutic approach. The data was collected using semi-structured interviews, and analyzed with a method inspired by Paul Ricoeur. Findings: Through analysis, interpretation and discussion, four themes were identified representing the family’s experiences. Conclusion: The study portrays the difficulties a family undergoes with a terminally ill relative in their lives. Important factors to acknowledge as a health professional when dealing with a terminal ill are highlighted.

Keywords: experience, pancreatic neoplasms, relative, suffering, qualitative study,