What can you expect after diagnosis?
It’s common to have many questions and concerns about what a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer will mean for you.
Diagnosis stage – You will have various tests to confirm that you have pancreatic cancer, and to work out which type and how far it has progressed. The results will help guide decisions about treatment.
Treatment for early pancreatic cancer – About 15–20% of people with adenocarcinoma or another exocrine cancer of the pancreas are diagnosed at an early stage. They may be offered treatment that aims to get rid of the cancer.
Treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer – Most people with adenocarcinoma or another exocrine cancer of the pancreas are diagnosed at an advanced stage. Treatment will aim to manage symptoms, control the cancer and improve quality of life.
Managing your diet– People with pancreatic cancer often need to adapt to changes in how their body processes food, either because of the cancer itself or because of the treatment.
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Dr Lorraine Chantrill, Head of Department, Medical Oncology, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, NSW; Marion Bamblett, Nurse Unit Manager, Cancer Centre, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA; Prof Katherine Clark, Clinical Director of Palliative Care, Northern Sydney Local Health District Cancer and Palliative Care Network, and Conjoint Professor, Northern Clinical School, The University of Sydney, NSW; Lynda Dunstone, Consumer; Kate Graham, Accredited Practising Dietitian – Upper GI Dietitian, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Dr Gina Hesselberg, Radiation Oncologist, St George Hospital Cancer Centre, NSW; Dr Marni Nenke, Endocrinologist and Mary Overton Early Career Research Fellow, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA; Caitriona Nienaber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council WA; A/Prof Nicholas O’Rourke, Head of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Royal Brisbane Hospital and The University of Queensland, QLD; Rose Rocca, Senior Clinical Dietitian – Upper GI, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Gail Smith, Consumer. We also thank the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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