Your local pancreatic cancer specialist centre
Anyone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer should have their case reviewed at a specialist cancer centre where there is a specialist pancreatic cancer team. This is called the multidisciplinary team (MDT). This page includes information on the MDT for pancreatic cancer, and who you should contact in an emergency, or out of normal hospital hours.
Your may have tests and some treatments – such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy – at your local hospital. If you are having surgery to remove the cancer (such as the Whipple’s operation), this should be done at a specialist centre. Find your nearest specialist centre.
The multidisciplinary team (MDT) is the team of health professionals responsible for your treatment and care. They will agree on the best treatment and care for you, and should involve you in these decisions.
The health professionals most likely to be involved are the:
- specialist nurse (also called a clinical nurse specialist or CNS)
- and radiologist.
You may not meet all of the MDT, and you won’t need to be present at the MDT meetings. You may also see other health professionals at different stages.
You will be given a main contact, who will usually be a specialist nurse. They will help support you, and coordinate your care. They will be the person you speak to most. If you haven’t been given a specialist nurse or a main contact, ask your doctor about this. If you aren’t sure who to speak to then the first people to ask are the specialist nurse or consultant (doctor) in the multidisciplinary team. You can also speak to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line.
If you have cancer can’t be cured, you may see a specialist palliative care team or supportive care team. These teams help people to live as well as possible for as long as possible, and help to manage complex symptoms such as pain.
Your hospital team will tell you who to call if your symptoms get bad at night, or at the weekend. If you are being cared for at home and need help, you will need to contact your GP or community nurse. If you haven’t been given a number to use out of hours, ask your hospital team or GP about this.
If you are having chemotherapy you should be given an emergency number for the chemotherapy team. You can use this if you are unwell or need information about side effects.
If you live in England or Scotland you can call the NHS on 111 for advice out of hours. Or the GP answer phone message will have a number for you to call. If it is an emergency, you should go to A&E, or call 999 and ask for an ambulance.
“We had emergency numbers on a card directing us to the appropriate hospital and department.”
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.
We have a list of specialist centres in England, by region:
Questions to ask
- What treatment does the MDT recommend?
- Do I have a specialist nurse or a main contact? How do I contact them?
- What are the best contact details to use out of hours, or in an emergency?
- Where is my nearest specialist centre?
Updated September 2019
Review date September 2021