Your local specialist centre
Regional Specialist Centres
In the UK anyone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer should have
their case reviewed at a cancer centre where there is a specialist
team to assess and treat the disease. In particular, national
guidelines state that surgery should only be carried out in
specialist centres that see a high volume of pancreatic cancer
patients. Research has shown that this gives patients the best
These centres have been set up across the UK on a regional
basis. Hospitals in a region work together with the specialist
centres to try to ensure the best treatment and care for all
Patients may not have to attend the specialist centre. Tests and
investigations are often done at local hospitals and chemotherapy
treatment can be given there too. Wherever a patient is treated,
the specialist centre should always be involved in assessment and
treatment decisions. Your doctor can answer any questions you may
have about which specialist centre is involved in your care and
explain the decisions made by the specialist team.
Local hospitals may not always be involved in running clinical
trials or offer all the trials available at the specialist centre,
so patients taking part in clinical trials may also have their
treatment at the specialist centre.
You can access a list of hospitals with specialist pancreatic
You can compare hospitals providing care for pancreatic cancer
using the My Cancer
Treatment website. The site contains detailed reports on the
quality of service at different hospitals and allows you to compare
Who will I be treated by?
You will be cared for by several different healthcare experts
known as a multidisciplinary team (MDT).
Once all your investigations have been carried out your
specialist team will meet to discuss the results with their
colleagues. This MDT meeting will include doctors from the x-ray,
pathology, surgery, medical and oncology departments and specialist
nurses. Everyone will use their expert knowledge to review your
case and agree on the best treatment options for you.
You will be given a main contact, or key worker, who will
usually be a specialist nurse (either a hepatobiliary or upper
gastrointestinal cancer nurse specialist). It's their role to
report back to you from the MDT and they will be the person you
liaise with most.
Finding your local
This section contains details of hospitals that have pancreatic
cancer specialist teams by region. Where available, links have been
provided to hospital websites and information on the teams and
centres treating pancreatic cancer.
These services may be called HPB (hepatopancreaticobiliary)
centres as the same specialists may work with people affected by
pancreatic, liver, gallbladder and bile duct cancers.
Published November 2013
Review date November 2015