Q. My husband was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I'm confused and frightened by all the information I'm finding on the internet. Can you help?

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After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one is often faced with numerous questions and decisions to make in a short amount of time. While pancreatic cancer can be a difficult diagnosis, much progress has been made. Doctors have established a standard of care protocol for people able to have surgery (known as the Whipple Procedure) as well as for those for whom surgery is not an option.

There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet and I recommend these reputable resources:

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is an organization that provides information about treatment options, specialists, clinical trials, support groups, diet and nutrition. They work to increase funding for research and awareness of pancreatic cancer.

The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Research and the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer can provide up-to-date diagnosis and treatment information. NCI’s also offers, How To Evaluate Health Information on the Internet.

CancerCare’s Connect Education Workshop, Medical Update on Pancreatic Cancer and booklets, Medical Update on Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer: Latest Cancer Research and Treatments (Highlights from ASCO 2010) are good resources as well.