Questions you can ask your oncology care team

You may have many questions about your cancer and treatment. You should feel comfortable talking with your oncology care team and feel free to ask them any question. These questions can help you gather information you need to make decisions about your care. Be sure to ask any other questions you may have.


• Has my cancer spread beyond the pancreas?


• What stage is my cancer and what does that mean?


• What are my treatment choices?


• Which treatment do you recommend? Why?


• What is the goal of your recommended treatment plan?


• How much experience do you have with this type of treatment?


• What are the risks or side effects of this treatment?


• How is this treatment likely to help in my case?


• How would treatment affect my daily life?


• Is the hospital experienced in treating people with this cancer?


• Should I be referred to a cancer 
center for treatment?


• What should I do to prepare for treatment?


• Should I consider participating in a clinical trial?


• Based on what you know about my case, how long do you think I will survive?


Source: Pancreatic cancer overview. American Cancer Society Web site. http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/PancreaticCancer/OverviewGuide/index. Accessed November 22, 2011.
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