Your GP will usually arrange the first tests to assess your symptoms. If you need further tests, you will be referred to a specialist, who will make a diagnosis and advise you about treatment options.
You will be cared for by a team of health professionals who meet regularly to discuss and plan your treatment. This multidisciplinary team (MDT) may include some or all of the health professionals listed below.
Your health care team for pancreatic cancer
The following health professionals may be in your MDT:
- Pancreatic or HPB (hepatopancreato-biliary) surgeon* – specialises in surgery to the liver, pancreas and surrounding organs
- Gastroenterologist* – specialises in diagnosing and treating diseases of the digestive system, including pancreatic cancer and blocked bile ducts
- Medical oncologist* – prescribes and coordinates chemotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted drug therapies
- Radiation oncologist* – prescribes and coordinates radiotherapy’
- Endocrinologist* – diagnoses, treats and manages hormonal disorders, including diabetes
- Nurses – support and assist you through all stages of your illness
- Dietitian – supports and educates patients about eating and managing weight changes at diagnosis,through treatment and recovery
- Social worker, psychologist and counsellor – provide emotional support and help manage anxiety and depression
- Physiotherapist and occupational therapist – assist you with any physical or practical problems associated with cancer and treatment
- Palliative care team – assist with symptom management and emotional support for you and your family