It is important for people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer to seek care from hospitals and/or doctors that provide the best quality care. The best care can be obtained through hospitals or doctors that see large numbers of patients with pancreatic cancer. With more experience, hospitals and doctors may have greater knowledge of the disease and treatment options.
Before a scheduled visit with the doctor, it can be helpful to gather the patient’s medical paperwork, including previous test results. Having this information available may help alleviate the duplication of diagnostic tests. Each hospital will usually need to perform a review of the biopsy slides and imaging studies, so bringing original slides and films, or digital copies of the films, will be helpful.
The patient may want to get a second opinion from another doctor about the diagnosis and treatment plan. This does not mean the first doctor’s assessment is wrong. It simply means the individual would like confirmation of the diagnosis and treatment options before continuing with the planned course of action. Every patient has the right to seek a second opinion.
Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, the patient must consider treatment options. Treatment of pancreatic cancer depends on the stage of the disease and the patient’s general health.
The following are links that may be useful when looking for pancreatic cancer specialists and cancer centers:
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