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Pancreatic Cancer: What Happens After Treatment?

Keeping in touch with your doctor and having regular checkups is the best way to help ease some of the side effects of your treatment and to catch any recurrence as early as possible. Rates of pancreatic cancer have been slowly increasing over the past 10 years according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). That's why increasing awareness about the disease is vital. If you are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, it is important to know what questions you should ask your doctor.

Questions for Your Doctor

Understanding the disease, recognizing its symptoms, and knowing the different treatment options available can make the difference between life and death. To better understand a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, there are a series of questions the ACS recommends that you ask your doctor:

  • What kind of pancreatic cancer do I have?
  • What is the stage of my cancer? Is it resectable (able to be removed with surgery)?
  • What are my treatment choices?
  • What risks or side effects are there to the treatments?
  • What should I do to be ready for my treatment?

What Happens After Treatment

The ACS statistics for pancreatic cancer state that 45,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease and, of those, 38,000 will die. That's this year alone. A successful treatment regimen is a joyous event not only for patients, but also their families. There is a chance the cancer could come back, but there are a few steps you can take to lower that risk:

  • Follow-up care: Keeping in touch with your doctor and having regular checkups is the best way to help ease some of the side effects of your treatment and to catch any recurrence as early as possible.
  • Nutrition: Pancreatic cancer patients usually lose their appetite, and suffer weight loss and weakness, so it is important to eat high energy foods and also take supplements to ensure that you are getting the nutrients you need.

Expert Care for Pancreatic Cancer

If you are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you can count on the specialists at Drexel Medicine to be with you every step of the way. "We have a compassionate, multidisciplinary cancer team that treats pancreatic cancer patients with the highest standards of care," said Drexel Medicine pancreatic surgeon and surgical oncology specialist Wilbur Bowne, MD, who is also an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. "We work with patients and their families to develop the very best treatment options, which could include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of all three. Our team of specialists is dedicated to helping you make the right treatment choice."

Drexel Cancer Care

Drexel Cancer Care utilizes the latest medical breakthroughs to treat all forms of cancer, including pancreatic cancer. Our specialists are located centrally in Philadelphia, offering patients easy access to advanced cancer care, and are committed to providing patients with compassionate, comprehensive cancer treatment. Drexel Cancer Care also provides patients with access to numerous support groups. These groups are offered free of charge to patients, families and caregivers.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.


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