NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2017
An advance directive describes the treatment you’d
want if you weren’t able to make your wishes known.
It also can name a person whom you’d want to make
decisions for you. It is a legal paper that your doctors
have to follow. It can reveal your wishes about life-
sustaining machines, such as feeding tubes. It can
also include your treatment wishes if your heart or
lungs were to stop working. If you already have an
advance directive, it may need to be updated to be
Supportive care, also called palliative care, is
the treatment of the health conditions caused
by pancreatic cancer and its treatment.
A stent is a tiny tube that may be used to
unblock a bile duct or the stomach.
Pain may be treated with medication, a
nerve block, or radiation with or without
A registered dietitian who is an expert in
nutrition and food can help if it is hard for you to
eat or digest food.
Advance care planning starts with an honest
talk between you and your doctors.