NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2017
The belly area between the chest and pelvis.
Treatment given after the main treatment used to rid the
body of cancer.
Yellowish-brown fluid made by the liver to help digest food.
A tiny tube or vessel in the body that drains digestive fluid
(bile) from the liver.
Surgery to re-route the flow of bile, digestive fluid, from the
common bile duct into the small intestine.
A small, plastic or metal tube-shaped device used to
unblock a bile duct.
A yellow-brown substance that is removed from blood by the
liver and is part of bile.
Removal of a small amount of tissue from the body to be
tested for disease.
blood chemistry test
A test that measures the amount of certain substances in
the blood to check for signs of disease.
A tube that blood circulates through in the body.
Cancer that is confined to the pancreas but approaches
nearby structures or has severe symptoms, raising concern
that it might or might not be possible to remove all the
cancer with surgery.
Surgery to re-route the flow of fluid in the body.
Proteins made by cancer cells and found in blood.
A rating or description of the growth and spread of cancer in
The “building blocks” of tissues in the body.
Treatment that combines chemotherapy and radiation
Drugs that kill fast-growing cells throughout the body,
including cancer cells and normal cells.
Days of treatment followed by days of rest.
An infection of the bile ducts that drain digestive fluids out of
Research on a test or treatment to assess its safety or how
well it works.
The use of two or more drugs.
common bile duct
A tiny tube that carries digestive fluid (bile) from the liver into
the small intestine, which absorbs nutrients from eaten food.
Treatment that is given along with standard treatment but is
not considered standard treatment.
complete blood count
A test of the number of blood cells.
computed tomography (CT)
A test that uses x-rays from many angles to make a picture
of the inside of the body.
A dye put into your body to make clearer pictures during