Seeing pancreatic cancer specialists, physicians who diagnose and treat a high volume of pancreatic cancer patients, improves outcomes. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network strongly recommends you consult with pancreatic cancer specialists who have experience diagnosing and treating the disease.
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:
Finding a specialist or cancer center
Seeking a second opinion
High volume surgery
Members of the healthcare team
Questions to ask the doctor
Information provided by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc. (“PanCAN”) is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or other health care services. PanCAN may provide information to you about physicians, products, services, clinical trials or treatments related to pancreatic cancer, but PanCAN does not recommend nor endorse any particular health care resource. In addition, please note that any personal information you provide to PanCAN’s associates during telephone and/or email communications may be stored and used to help PanCAN achieve its mission of assisting patients with, and finding cures and treatments for, pancreatic cancer. Stored constituent information may be used to inform PanCAN programs and activities. Information also may be provided in aggregate or limited formats to third parties to guide future pancreatic cancer research and treatment efforts. PanCAN will not provide personal directly identifying information (such as your name or contact information) to such third parties without your prior written consent unless required or permitted by law to do so.