While patients may feel a sense of urgency in making a treatment decision, it’s important for patients to assess their own feelings about their goals for treatment.
Upon diagnosis, pancreatic cancer patients should work closely with their healthcare team in making treatment decisions. Among the points to discuss are: goals of treatment, types of treatments, potential side effects and length of treatment. The healthcare team is critical in making these decisions, but the patient should also be at the forefront, working with their doctor to develop a treatment plan that suits their individual needs.
Nicole Lise Feingold, MA, director of Patient Services at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), said that while patients may feel a sense of urgency in making a treatment decision, it’s important for patients to assess their own feelings about their goals for treatment.
“Every patient should feel comfortable discussing treatment options with their healthcare team, and the patient should take an active role in the discussion. It’s also OK for the patient to initiate the discussion with their doctor. Open communication with their healthcare team is crucial.”
Here’s what to know when considering your treatment plan:
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This article was originally published by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. It is republished with permission.