NCCN Quick Guide™ | Pancreatic Cancer

1 of 2 NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Pancreatic Cancer, 2019 This NCCNQUICK GUIDE tm sheet summarizes key points from the complete NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Pancreatic Cancer. These guidelines explain which tests and treatments are recommended by experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visit NCC N.or g/patients or, to order printed copies, visit What is the pancreas? The pancreas is a large gland found behind the stomach. It makes enzymes that help digest food and it makes hormones (insulin and glucagon) that control the amount of sugar (glucose) in the body. 7 How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed? Imaging tests are used to find and confirm (diagnose) pancreatic cancer. They are also used to assess the extent of the cancer to help plan treatment. A biopsy is needed before treatment can begin. 13 How is pancreatic cancer treated? Pancreatic cancer treatment is based on whether the cancer is resectable, borderline resectable, locally advanced, or metastatic. Performance status, overall health, and other factors play a role in treatment decisions. 25 What are the goals of treatment? Pancreatic cancer is rarely cured. The goals of treatment are to control cancer growth, reduce symptoms, and extend life. 26 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® Page Number Ü NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Pancreatic Cancer 2019