Allison Rosenzweig, Jordan Berlin, Suresh Chari, Hedy Kindler, Lynn Matrisian, Allison Mayoral, Jeannine Mills, Nicholas Nissen, Vincent Picozzi, Fatima Zelada-Arenas, Jason Fleming
Oncologist . 2023 Apr 12;oyad080. doi: 10.1093/oncolo/oyad080. Online ahead of print.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancer types in the US with incidence and death rates continuing to rise. As the disease threatens to become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country, it is imperative to review the best practices currently available to extend and improve patient lives. To provide a roadmap for healthcare professionals detecting, diagnosing, and caring for patients with pancreatic cancer as a supplement to national guidelines focused on recommended treatment regimens, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)'s Scientific and Medical Affairs staff and expert Scientific and Medical Advisory Board have created a series of position statements. The statements are based upon scientific evidence and clinical observations published in the literature and research conducted through PanCAN's internal programs and initiatives. This review summarizes the rationale and sources for these position statements related to diagnosis, treatment, and care for pancreatic cancer and provides information about resources to make these recommendations accessible to patients and their medical teams. Pancreatic cancer is a complex and extremely challenging disease. Beyond treatment recommendations outlined in national guidelines, steps can be taken to help patients feel better and live longer. Under the framework of the "Right Track" model-right team, right tests, right treatments, data sharing-PanCAN's position statements can provide supplementary guidance to healthcare professionals for the short- and long-term management of patients with the disease.