NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2014
Overview of cancer treatments Questions to ask your doctor
to ask your doctor
1. Are there any clinical trials that are appropriate for me?
2. What are the available treatments for pancreatic cancer?
3. What are the risks and benefits for each treatment of pancreatic cancer?
4. Will my age, general health, stage of pancreatic cancer, and other medical conditions limit my treatment
5. Do I have to get treated?
6. Where will I be treated? Will I have to stay in the hospital or can I go home after each treatment?
7. What can I do to prepare for treatment? Should I stop taking my medications? Should I store my blood in
case I need a transfusion?
8. How many pancreatic cancer surgeries have you done? How many of your patients have had
9. Is pancreatic cancer surgery a major part of your practice?
10. How soon should I start treatment? How long does treatment take?
11. How much will the treatment cost? How can I find out how much my insurance company will cover?
12. How likely is it that I’ll be cancer-free after treatment?
13. What symptoms should I look out for while being treated for pancreatic cancer?
14. When will I be able to return to my normal activities?
15. What is the chance that my cancer will come back and/or spread?
16. What should I do after I finish treatment?
17. Are there supportive services that I can get involved in? Support groups?