NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Pancreatic Cancer - page 76

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2014
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Making treatment
decisions
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Have a treatment plan
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Your role in planning
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Getting a 2
nd
opinion
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Cancer can be stressful. While
absorbing the fact that you have
cancer, you must also learn about tests
and treatments. And, the time you have
to decide on a treatment plan may
feel short. Parts 1 through 5 aimed to
teach you about pancreatic cancer, its
treatment, and other challenges. Part
6 aims to help you talk with your doctor
and make treatment decisions that are
right for you.
Have a treatment plan
Learning you have cancer starts an unplanned
journey to an unknown place. A treatment plan is
like having a roadmap for your journey. It is a written
course of action through treatment and beyond. It can
help you, your loved ones, and your treatment team.
Parts of a treatment plan
A treatment plan addresses all cancer care needs
while respecting your beliefs, wishes, and values.
It is likely to change and expand as you go through
treatment. The plan will include the role of your
doctors and how you can help yourself. A treatment
plan often has the following parts:
Cancer information
Cancer can greatly differ even when people have
cancer in the same organ. Test results that describe
the cancer are reported in the treatment plan. Such
test results include the cancer site, cell type, and
cancer stage. See Part 2 to read more about the tests
used for pancreatic cancer.
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