Just diagnosed, what should I ask my doctor?

Pancreatic Cancer Action
Patient Information Booklets

What is Pancreatic cancer and how is it diagnosed?

This booklet for patients and carers describes pancreatic cancer, its causes and symptoms. It gives detailed information on the diagnostic tests used and the stages of pancreatic cancer. It includes a section on what to ask your doctor, where to go for further information and a glossary to explain many of the terms used.

The shock and stress that people may feel after a diagnosis of cancer is common and it is often difficult to think of questions to ask when attending your doctor or pancreatic specialist.

Often it helps to make a list of questions before an appointment. Bringing a family member or friend with you when you talk to the doctor-to take part in the discussion, to take notes, or just to listen can help.

Always remember that the doctor is there to answer your questions so don’t be afraid to voice your opinion or question any action or procedure.

Common questions are:

  • What kind of pancreatic cancer do I have?
  • What stage is my disease?
  • Has the cancer spread beyond my pancreas?
  • What treatments can I have for pancreatic cancer?
  • What treatments can I have to control the symptoms I have been having?
  • Do I need to see any other professionals or specialists?
  • Are there any clinical trials that may be suitable for me?
  • What is the goal of my treatment?
  • How will my disease and treatments affect my life?
  • What services and support are available to me?
  • Who should I contact if I have a question or a problem (inside and outside of normal working hours)?

If you would like to get in touch please do not hesitate to get in touch on 0303 040 1770 or e-mail healthinfo@panact.orgĀ 

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