How treatment is planned

In most hospitals, a team of specialists called a multidisciplinary team (MDT) will meet to discuss your treatment. After the meeting, your specialist will talk to you about the types of treatment you may be able to have.

The MDT will include:

  • a surgeon who specialises in treating pancreatic cancer
  • oncologists – doctors who treat cancer with chemotherapy (and other cancer drugs) and radiotherapy
  • a pathologist – a doctor who specialises in looking at cells under a microscope for signs of disease or cancer
  • a radiologist – a doctor who reads x-rays and scans
  • an endoscopist – a doctor who does the endoscopy, EUS or ERCP
  • a specialist nurse who can give information and support.

The MDT may also include other healthcare professionals, such as:

  • a dietitian
  • a physiotherapist
  • an occupational therapist
  • a palliative care doctor or nurse who specialises in symptom control and supportive care
  • a psychologist or counsellor.

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Getting a second opinion

There are many reasons for wanting a second opinion about your treatment. Speak to your specialist or GP.

Making a complaint

Talking to your healthcare team can make it easier to cope. If you find talking difficult, there are things you can do.

Clinical negligence

If care given by a healthcare professional falls below an acceptable standard and causes injury or death, you can claim compensation for the harm done.