NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2014
A tool that uses lenses to see things the eyes can’t.
Includes a number of doctors and other health professionals
who are experts in different areas of cancer care.
The treatment given before the main treatment used to rid
the body of cancer.
A part of the body that performs a certain function.
Treatment for the health conditions caused by pancreatic
cancer or cancer treatment.
An organ that makes fluids that help digest food and
chemicals that control blood sugar.
A small tube in the pancreas that digestive fluids pass
pancreatic protocol CT or MRI
A CT or MRI scan that is done in a certain way so that all
of the pictures focus specifically on the pancreas to clearly
show the pancreas, nearby blood vessels, and very tiny
Surgery to remove the widest part (head) of the pancreas
and parts of other nearby organs. Also called Whipple
A doctor who’s an expert at testing cells and tissue for
percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube
A tube inserted through a cut in the belly area (abdomen)
and placed into the stomach to give food.
A rating of a person’s symptoms and ability to do daily
A review of the body by a health expert for signs of disease.
The main treatment used to rid the body of cancer.
The first mass of cancer cells in the body.
The use of high-energy rays (radiation) to destroy cancer
A doctor who’s an expert in reading imaging tests.
The return of cancer after treatment.
Cancer that can be removed by surgery.
The next treatment(s) given when the first or previous
A drug that helps a person to relax or go to sleep.
An unplanned or unwanted physical or emotional response
The digestive organ that absorbs nutrients from eaten food.
An organ to the left of the stomach that helps to protect the
body against disease.
A small plastic or metal tube-shaped device used to unblock
a duct—tube-shaped vessel in the body that fluids pass
An organ that helps to digest food by mixing it with digestive
juices to turn solid food into liquid.
superior mesenteric artery
The large, tube-shaped vessel that carries blood from the
heart to the intestines.
superior mesenteric vein
The large, tube-shaped vessel that returns blood from the
intestines back to the heart.