2. What to expect from your pancreatic cancer care: A clear explanation of your diagnosis, what it means and treatment options
Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer
You should be told that you have pancreatic cancer in a sensitive way. The diagnosis should be given in a face to face meeting in a quiet, private room. You should be able to have your family or friends with you at the meeting, if you want them there. You should have enough time to ask any questions you may have.
If you have any questions about your diagnosis you can speak to our specialist nurses on our Support Line.
Information about pancreatic cancer
You should be given high quality information that you can understand, in a format that meets your needs. This may include written as well as verbal information.
The information should cover:
- a description of the cancer and your diagnosis
- your treatment options
- the side effects of treatment, and how to manage them
- how pancreatic cancer can affect your diet and nutrition, and how this can be managed
- your CNS or keyworker’s contact details
- any other support you may need and how to access this.
We provide a wide range of information about pancreatic cancer. We can help you every step of the way, from explaining your diagnosis and treatment options, to managing symptoms, and questions to ask at your appointments. We can provide information in large print, audio and braille.
Read more about the care you should expect and receive:
- Assessment and treatment by a specialist team of health professionals
- Timely treatment that is individual to you, and proper management of symptoms and side effects
- Compassion, dignity and respect as well as practical and emotional support
- Information and support for your family
- Access to well-coordinated end of life care, if needed
Updated August 2018
Review Date August 2020