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What to ask your doctor about treating pancreatic cancer symptoms

Men and women discussing pancreatic cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Is my cancer too advanced to be cured?
  • How do you know?
  • Can my cancer be controlled with treatment?
  • What treatments are available?
  • Will the treatment shrink the cancer, or slow it down?
  • What are the side effects of the treatment?
  • For how long will the treatment work?
  • Are there any experimental treatments or trials I could try?
  • Could you arrange for me to have a second opinion?
  • What happens if I decide not to have the recommended treatment?
  • Is there a counsellor here I could talk things through with?
  • Will I be in pain?
  • What can you offer to control pain?
  • Is there a Macmillan or other specialist nurse to help me with pain and other symptoms?
  • Is there anyone who can give us financial advice?
  • Are there any state benefits I can claim?
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Updated: 4 June 2014