NCCN Quick Guide™ | Pancreatic Cancer

1 of 2 NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2017 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 pancreatic 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 gland found behind the stomach. A gland is an organ that makes fluids or chemicals the body needs. 6 What tests may I need before treatment? Medical history and physical exam Two basic tools of diagnosis are when your doctor takes your medical history and does an exam of your body. 13 Imaging tests There is more than one type of imaging test for pancreatic cancer. Pictures (images) can be made with scanning machines or scoping tools. 14 Blood tests Blood tests for pancreatic cancer may include a complete blood count, blood chemistry test, liver function test, and CA 19-9 blood test. 18 Tissue tests In order to confirm a tumor in the pancreas, your doctor may want you to have a biopsy. A biopsy is the removal of a small sample of tissue from the body for testing. 18 What are my options? Surgery Surgery is an operation to remove or repair a part of the body. 22 Radiation therapy Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to treat cancer. 22 Chemotherapy Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. 24 Targeted therapy Targeted therapy drugs target a specific or unique feature of cancer cells. 25 Clinical trials Clinical trials help doctors learn how to prevent, diagnose, and treat a disease like cancer. 26 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® Page Number Ü Version 1.2017 NCCN GUIDELINES FOR PATIENTS ® NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Pancreatic Cancer