Treatment plans for pancreatic cancer are unique to each patient. Every diagnosis is different because pancreatic cancer presents differently in each patient. There’s no one method to treat the disease.
When making decisions about your treatment, make sure you discuss all the options available with your medical team. This allows you to make an informed decision about your treatment pathway. Questions to ask your doctor should include:
- What is the stage and grade of my cancer?
- How fast is the cancer growing?
- How quickly can treatment start?
- Is surgery an option to remove the cancer?
- What is the aim of the treatment?
- Will treatment cure or control my cancer?
- Am I healthy enough to undergo the treatment?
- What are the potential side effects of the recommended treatment?
- Will the treatment improve my quality of life?
The patient pathway at the Jreissati Family Pancreatic Centre at Epworth
The Jreissati Family Pancreatic Centre at Epworth is focused on providing outstanding patient care and improving patient outcomes. We have a centralised, multidisciplinary team ready to treat you once you’ve been referred to us. Overseas studies have shown that centralised care helps to improve patient outcomes2. Having patients come through one main centre increases case volume, which in turn increases clinical expertise. This expertise leads to breakthroughs that will improve patient procedures and treatment in the future. Unlike other specialist centres, we will have you in to see one of our specialists within 72 hours.
So what is a ‘multidisciplinary team’? In short, it's a group of specialised health professionals who meet regularly as a group to determine the best treatment care plan for patients based on their needs. Our team has some of Australia's most experienced pancreatic specialists, led by our director, Associate Professor Andrew Metz.
As pancreatic cancer is such a complex disease, you will need many different clinicians during your treatment and care. Through the Jreissati Family Pancreatic Centre at Epworth, you will be connected with all of the necessary clinicians at the Epworth site to you. You won't have to travel to various locations to speak to different specialists. Or try to get them to communicate with each other. The specialists you need will be a part of your team and will be in regular contact with you and each other about your care.
The multidisciplinary team at Epworth includes the following healthcare professionals:
|Pancreatic nurse coordinator||Pancreatic or hepato-Pancreatobiliary surgeon|
|Medical imaging specialists||Pain team|
|Palliative care team||Pastoral care team|
|Clinical research coordinator|
2OO Faluyi, JL Connor, M Chatterjee, C Ikin, H Wong and DH Palmer, ‘Advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma outcomes with transition from devolved to centralised care in a regional Cancer Centre’, British Journal of Cancer, 2017, 116:424-431.