I’m concerned, what should I ask my doctor?
If you have any of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer, this can be a frightening and confusing time. Your symptoms may be for a number of reasons and having tests for pancreatic cancer does not mean you have the disease.
You may be struggling to know what to ask your doctor, and how to cope while you are waiting to find out the cause of your symptoms.
Asking some of the questions listed here may help you to understand your symptoms, how they can be managed, and what happens next. There are no right or wrong questions to ask your doctor and they used to answering all sorts of questions or signposting you to services that may be able to help.
- What tests will I need to diagnose pancreatic cancer?
- What other conditions are my symptoms likely to be?
- What can you do to help my symptoms?
- What should I do if my symptoms do not get better or get worse?
- Do I need to see any other professionals or specialists?
Make sure you discuss any family history of cancer with the doctor.
Our symptom diary can be used to record and track your symptoms as well as the effects of any medication you are given to manage them.
This may be a useful tool to bring to your GP, it will help you to remember and explain the symptoms you have been having.