Pancreatic Cancer Overview

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What are some questions I can ask my doctor about pancreatic cancer?

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, you need to have honest, open talks with your doctor. Feel free to ask any question that's on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Be sure to add your own questions as you think of them. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • Would you please write down the exact kind of cancer I have?
  • Has my cancer spread beyond the pancreas?
  • What is the stage of my cancer and what does that mean in my case?
  • What treatment choices do I have?
  • What do you recommend and why?
  • What is the goal of the treatment you recommend?
  • What risks or side effects are there for this treatment?
  • How would treatment affect my daily life?
  • How is treatment likely to help in my case?
  • How much experience do you have with this type of treatment?
  • How experienced is the hospital in treating people with this cancer?
  • Should I be referred to a cancer center for treatment?
  • Should I think about taking part in a clinical trial?
  • Based on what you’ve learned about my cancer, how long do you think I'll survive?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?

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Last Medical Review: 02/15/2013
Last Revised: 02/03/2014