Skip to page body Patient Care Survivorship Research Cancer Types News Giving Community Partners Clinical Trials
UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Take the Jonsson Cancer Center Site Survey

Pancreatic Cancer: Questions to Ask

The following are some questions you may want to ask your physician:

  • What is the diagnosis?
  • Where in the pancreas did the cancer start?
  • Is there any evidence the cancer has spread?
  • What is the stage of the disease?
  • Do I need any more tests to check whether the disease has spread?
  • What are my treatment choices?
  • Which do you recommend for me and why?
  • What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
  • What is the treatment likely to cost?
  • Is this treatment covered by my insurance plan?
  • How will treatment affect my normal activities?
  • Would a clinical trail be appropriate for me?
  • What kind of operation will I have?
  • How will I feel after the operation?
  • How will my pain be treated?
  • What other treatment(s) will I need?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • Will I need a feeding tube after surgery? Will I need a special diet?
  • What are the long-term effects?
  • When can I get back to my normal activities?
  • How often will I need checkups?
  • Why do I need this treatment?
  • When will the treatments begin? When will they end?
  • How will I feel during therapy? Are there side effects?
  • What can I do to take care of myself during therapy?
  • Are there certain foods that I should eat or avoid?
  • How will we know if the radiation is working?
  • Will I be able to continue my normal activities during treatment?
  • Why do I need this particular treatment?
  • What will it do?
  • What drugs will I be taking? How will they be given?
  • Will I need to stay in the hospital?
  • Will the treatment cause side effects? What can I do about them?
  • How long will I be on this treatment?
Last updated: 5/26/2010 3:10:44 PM