NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Pancreatic Cancer - page 8

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2014
3
DCIS
Genetic counseling | Treatment
How to use this book
Who should read this book?
This book is about treatment for cancer that
starts in the ducts of the pancreas—called
ductal adenocarcinoma. About 90 out of 100
people with pancreatic cancer have ductal
adenocarcinoma. Patients and those who
support them—caregivers, family, and friends—
may find this book helpful. The information in
this book may help you talk with your treatment
team, understand what doctors say, and prepare
for treatment.
Does the whole book
apply to me?
This book includes information for many
situations. Thus, not everyone will get every test
and treatment listed. Your treatment team can
point out what applies to you and give you more
information. As you read through this book, you
may find it helpful to make a list of questions to
ask your doctors.
This book includes the recommendations that
NCCN experts agree are most useful for most
patients. However, each patient is unique and
these specific recommendations may not be
right for you. Your doctors may suggest other
tests or treatments based on your health and
other factors. This book does not replace the
knowledge and suggestions of your doctors.
Making sense of medical
terms
In this book, many medical words are included
that describe cancer, tests, and treatments.
These are words that you will likely hear from
your treatment team. Some of the information
may be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Keep reading and review the information. Be
sure to ask your treatment team to explain a
word or phrase that you don’t understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the
text or underlined when first used on a page. All
underlined words are defined in the
Glossary
.
Acronyms are also listed and defined in the
Glossary
. Acronyms are words formed from the
first letters of other words. One example is CT
for
c
omputed
t
omography.
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