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Remembering Questions and Answers

Many people with pancreatic cancer want to take an active part in making decisions about their medical care. However, the shock and stress that often accompany a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can make it hard to think of everything to ask the doctor. People may find that it helps to make a list of questions prior to their appointment with the doctor.

Healthcare Providers Involved in Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Usually several healthcare providers are involved in treating pancreatic cancer. Doctors may refer people to other doctors who specialize in treating the disease, or patients may ask for a referral. Specialists who treat pancreatic cancer include:
  • Surgeons
  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists.

Getting a Second Opinion on Treatment

Sometimes it is helpful to have a second opinion about the diagnosis and pancreatic cancer treatment plan. Some insurance companies require a second opinion, while other insurance companies may cover a second opinion if the person or doctor requests it.

Options to Treat Pancreatic Cancer

Doctors and patients should work together to develop a treatment plan that fits the person's needs and values. Depending on the type and extent of pancreatic cancer, people may need:
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy (also known as radiotherapy)
  • A combination of these.
(Click Pancreatic Cancer Treatment by Stage for more information about the different stages of pancreatic cancer.)
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