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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

:

Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2017

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. The information in this book may

help patients and those who support them like

caregivers, family, and friends.

Where should you start

reading?

Starting with Part 1 may be helpful. It explains

what pancreatic cancer is and how this cancer

is diagnosed. Part 2 shares health tests, other

care needed to plan treatment, and the stages

of pancreatic cancer. Part 3 gives an overview of

treatment options for pancreatic cancer, followed

by supportive care in Part 4. Part 5 has treatment

guides you can follow along with your doctor. Lastly,

in Part 6 you will find questions for your doctors and

helpful resources.

Does the whole book apply

to you?

This book includes information for many situations.

Your treatment team can help. They can point out

what information applies to you. They can also 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.

The recommendations in this book are based on

science and the experience of NCCN experts.

However, these recommendations may not be right

for your situation. Your doctors may suggest other

tests and treatments based on your health and other

factors. If other recommendations are given, feel free

to ask your treatment team questions.

Help! What do the words

mean?

In this book, many medical words are included.

These are words you will likely hear from your

treatment team. Most of these words may be new to

you, and it may be a lot to learn.

Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading

and review the information. Feel free 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 in the

Dictionary

. Acronyms are also defined when

first used and in the

Glossary

. One example is CT for

c

omputed

t

omography.