Questions about pancreatic cancer

Below are some questions about pancreatic cancer to ask your doctor to learn about your disease, and your care and treatment options. If your doctor gives you answers that you don’t understand, ask for clarification.

  • What type of pancreatic cancer do I have?
  • How far has the cancer spread? What stage of cancer do I have?
  • What treatment do you recommend and why?
  • Are there other treatment choices for me? If not, why not?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
  • How long will treatment take? Will I have to stay in hospital?
  • How much will treatment cost? Can these costs be reduced?
  • Will treatment cause a lot of side effects? What will be done about this?
  • How will treatment affect my nutrition and diet?
  • Are the latest tests and treatments for this type of cancer available in this hospital?
  • Are there any clinical trials of new treatments or other kinds of research that I could participate in?
  • How frequently will I need check-ups after treatment?
  • Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
  • Do I need the support of a specialist palliative care service?

This information was last reviewed in February 2018
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