If you’ve been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), we recommend getting a second opinion before starting treatment.
Though you can benefit from a second opinion at any time, it is most valuable when you are first diagnosed and have the widest array of treatment options. For example, there might be a clinical trial that is right for you but is only open to people who haven't started treatment yet.
Fred Hutch is home to the region’s only Pancreatic Cancer Specialty Clinic, where our medical, surgical and radiation oncologists and supportive care professionals meet weekly to discuss and care for people with pancreatic cancer as a team. During a single visit you get the second opinion of not one doctor but an entire group of specialists.
Based on your unique situation, we might schedule you with a single specialist who is best qualified to provide an opinion about your options — for example, if you have metastatic cancer and are already receiving treatment.
Talk with pancreatic cancer experts who understand your disease in greater depth than the general oncologists in your local community.
Call us at (855) 557-0555 to request an appointment for a second opinion.
How a second opinion can help
Getting a second opinion from doctors who specialize in pancreatic cancer can help you:
Feel confident that your cancer has been accurately diagnosed and staged
There are several types of pancreatic cancer, and evaluating the stage of these tumors can be complex. Pathologists, radiologists and gastroenterologists from Fred Hutch are experts in diagnosing pancreatic cancers and have access to the latest technologies to help ensure we know as much about your cancer as possible.
Consider state-of-the-art treatment options
A second opinion may identify better, more advanced or more aggressive options, including minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopic surgery; the latest radiation therapies, including proton therapy; and clinical studies of new chemotherapies.
Understand the benefits of specialized, multidisciplinary care
The team of pancreatic cancer specialists from Fred Hutch offers in-depth understanding of the full spectrum of treatments. We have first-hand knowledge of current research and a wealth of treatment experience.
Start with a course of therapy tailored to you
We focus on you, not just your cancer, when developing a treatment plan. We consider your goals, plans, beliefs, values and preferences to design your treatment holistically.
Learn whether genetics play a role
Your genetic make-up may have played a role in the development of your cancer, and it might impact your treatment. Depending on our findings, you and your family may benefit from Fred Hutch’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program.