Find out more about UK guidelines in our booklet, The care you should expect and receive: Patient Charter.
NICE guidelines for diagnosing and managing pancreatic cancer
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have produced guidelines for health professionals diagnosing and caring for people with pancreatic cancer
Read all the NICE guidelines for pancreatic cancer
- NICE guidelines for diagnosing and managing pancreatic cancer
- NICE guideline 1: Diagnosing pancreatic cancer
- NICE guideline 2: Specialist pancreatic multidisciplinary teams
- NICE guideline 3: Working out how far pancreatic cancer has spread
- NICE guideline 4: Emotional (psychological) support for pancreatic cancer
- NICE guideline 5: Managing pain and pancreatic cancer
- NICE guideline 6: Managing diet and pancreatic cancer
- NICE guideline 7: Relieving a bile duct or duodenum blocked by pancreatic cancer
- NICE guideline 8: Managing resectable (operable) and borderline resectable pancreatic cancer
- NICE guideline 9: Managing pancreatic cancer that can’t be removed with surgery
These guidelines are for the most common type of pancreatic cancer – pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Health professionals don’t have to follow these guidelines, but they must take them into account when making decisions about pancreatic cancer care. They should also take your needs and wishes into account.
The NICE guidelines cover England, Wales and Northern Ireland and are based on the best evidence available. There are also guidelines for cancer care across the UK.
What do the NICE guidelines cover?
The guidelines cover the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer – including people who may be at higher risk. They also cover the treatment of pancreatic cancer and recommendations for managing symptoms. Your treatment and care will be individual to you, so not every recommendation will be relevant to your needs. Use the links below to find recommendations that are relevant to you.
Read our fact sheet about the NICE guidelines
To read the NICE guidelines in full, download our fact sheet, Explaining the NICE guidelines for diagnosing and managing pancreatic cancer.
You can also order a printed copy.
How can the guidelines help me?
You can use these guidelines to help you understand the care you should have and make decisions about your treatment. You can also use them to speak to your doctors if you feel you are not getting the right care.
Throughout these guidelines we link to our other information, which explains some of the tests and treatments mentioned in the guidelines. We suggest you read these guidelines along with our other information to make sure you have all the information you need.
Questions about your diagnosis or treatment?
If you have any questions about these guidelines and your care and treatment, speak to your doctor or nurse.
You can also speak to our specialist nurses on our Support Line.
If you have any concerns about your care, speak to your doctor or nurse. Read more about what to do if you have concerns about your care.
You can also read the guidelines for health professionals on the NICE website.
Individual documents and selected extracts
© NICE (2018) Pancreatic cancer in adults: diagnosis and management Available from www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng85 All rights reserved. Subject to Notice of rights
NICE guidance is prepared for the National Health Service in England. All NICE guidance is subject to regular review and may be updated or withdrawn. NICE accepts no responsibility for the use of its content in this product/publication.
Explaining the NICE guideline for diagnosing and managing pancreatic cancer
This information supports the recommendations in the NICE guideline on pancreatic cancer in adults.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Published: August 2018
Review date: August 2023