Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, the patient may be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and/or palliative therapies. Some patients may receive more than one or a combination of these treatments. Pancreatic cancer clinical trials may also be an appropriate treatment option. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network recommends that all patients consider clinical trials when exploring treatment options.
Patients should seek care from hospitals and/or doctors that provide the best quality care. In many cases, this care can be obtained through hospitals or doctors that care for large numbers of people with pancreatic cancer. With more experience, hospitals or doctors may have greater knowledge of the disease and treatment options.
- Finding a specialist or cancer center
- Seeking a second opinion
- High volume surgery
- Members of the healthcare team
- Questions to ask the doctor
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