Pancreatic Cancer Basics

14 Articles

Dr. Gobind Anand
Treatments
September 16, 2022 • 4 Min

Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer: Tests to Expect

Dr. Gobind Anand outlines the tests used to diagnose pancreatic cancer and what to expect if the disease is suspected.

Dr. Shubham Pant, oncologist
Treatments
March 23, 2021 • 4 Min

Tumor Staging and Pancreatic Cancer

What is tumor staging and how does it affect treatment? Dr. Shubham Pant helps explain how pancreatic cancer tumors are staged and graded.

Photos of different members of a pancreatic cancer treatment team
Treatments
February 12, 2021 • 4 Min

Drafting Your Health Care Team

If you have pancreatic cancer, a treatment team of experts from across the medical profession will make sure you get the best care.

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Treatments
December 21, 2020 • 5 Min

This Versus That: Words to Know

Confused about some of the similar-sounding terms you are hearing during pancreatic cancer treatment? Our list of words to know can help.

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Treatments
May 29, 2020 • 5 Min

Eighteen Important Words to Know if You Have Pancreatic Cancer

When you start pancreatic cancer treatment it seems like everyone is speaking a language you don’t know. Here are 18 important words to help you along.

Dr. Allyson Ocean and Dr. Jordan Winter
Treatments
January 20, 2020 • 6 Min

A Second Opinion: Important for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Dr. Allyson Ocean and Dr. Jordan Winter explain why getting a second opinion can be of great benefit for pancreatic cancer patients.

Photo portrait of pathologist Qiu Jinxin
Treatments
September 13, 2019 • 7 Min

Pancreatic Cancer Pathology: How Doctors Get to a Diagnosis

Dr. Jingxin Qiu explains the role of pathology in grading a tumor and staging cancer, to help patients understand the pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

a purple flower in a brown field pancreatic cancer prognosis
Treatments
July 24, 2019 • 7 Min

Prognosis: More Than Numbers in Pancreatic Cancer

What is pancreatic cancer prognosis? Dr. Joshua Lakin of Harvard explains how prognosis works, and ways to possibly defy the odds when facing a slow recovery.

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Treatments
June 27, 2019 • 5 Min

Questions to Ask Before You Begin Chemotherapy

Do you want to better understand your pancreatic cancer treatment? Dr. Andrew Hendifar outlines important questions to ask before starting chemotherapy.

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Treatments
December 26, 2018 • 4 Min

Important Questions When Starting Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Dr. Gauri Varadhachary outlines the important questions to ask when you start treatment with surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation for pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Pamela Hodul
Treatments
October 3, 2018 • 5 Min

Living Longer with Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

Dr. Pamela Hodul explains some of the different types of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET) and how rare they are, and some treatment options.

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Treatments
November 1, 2017 • 5 Min

Frequently Asked Questions About Pancreatic Cancer

Have you or someone you love just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer? Learn some basic facts about this disease from our FAQ.

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Treatments
January 11, 2017 • 5 Min

What To Do When Newly Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer

An oncologist, surgeon, and nurse advocate give their recommendations if you are newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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Treatments
April 16, 2016 • 5 Min

Why You Need This Simple Blood Test at Diagnosis

Measuring the level of the tumor marker CA-19-9 is important in determining which treatment to use for pancreatic cancer patients.