NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2017
The cancer treatment that you and your doctors
agree on should be reported in the treatment plan.
It is also important to note the goal of treatment and
the chance of a good treatment outcome. In addition,
all known side effects should be listed and the time
required to treat them should be noted.
Your treatment plan may change because of new
information. You may change your mind about
treatment. Tests may find new results. How well
the treatment is working may change. Any of these
changes may require a new treatment plan.
Surgery removes the tumor along with some
normal-looking tissue around its edge.
Radiation kills cancer cells or stops new cancer
cells from being made.
Drugs can be used to kill cancer cells anywhere
in the body.
Chemotherapy drugs kill fast-growing cells,
including cancer cells and normal cells.
Targeted therapy drugs specifically target
Clinical trials are an important treatment option
for people with pancreatic cancer.
There is often more than one treatment option
for patients, including clinical trials.
is a group of treatments sometimes used by
people with cancer. Many CAMs are being
studied to see if they are truly helpful.
Complementary medicines are meant to be
used alongside standard therapies, most
often for relaxation, improving your health,
or to prevent or reduce side effects.
Alternative medicine is treatment or
techniques that are used instead of
standard treatments such as chemotherapy
or radiation. Some are sold as cures even
though they haven’t been proven to work in
Many cancer centers or local hospitals have
complementary therapy programs that offer
acupuncture, yoga, and other types of therapy.
It’s important to tell your treatment team if
you are using any complementary medicine,
especially supplements, vitamins, or herbs.
Some of these things can interfere with your
cancer treatment. For more information about
CAM, ask your doctor and visit the websites in