Making informed decisions

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible!"

Christopher Reeve


Newly Diagnosed - What's Next?

We understand the many challenges facing those affected by pancreatic cancer and we want people to know there is hope. Having access to up-to-date information on the disease, as well as current treatment options, can help you and your loved ones make informed decisions about your care. Pancreatic Cancer Canada is here to support you and your family, to help you ask the right questions and to better understand your disease so you can get the best possible treatment.

Pancreatic cancer is a complex disease and it is important for people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer to seek care from hospitals and doctors that provide the best quality care. You will get the best care from hospitals or doctors that see large numbers of patients with pancreatic cancer. 

Pancreatic cancer is treatable when caught early; approximately 15-20% are fortunate to have this disease caught when the cancer is localized within the pancreas and making them candidates for lifesaving surgery. The 5-year survival rates approach 20% if the cancer is surgically removed while it is small and has not spread to the lymph nodes.  

The McCain Centre for Pancreatic Cancer at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto

The McCain Centre for Pancreatic Cancer provides rapid diagnosis and coordinated care by a dedicated, inter-professional team across all specialties. 

For patients and their families, this integrated approach is already transforming care delivery by significantly reducing to one week the time required from referral to treatment planning. Previously, this process took many weeks and multiple visits.

To be referred, please ask the referring physician  to fill our this referral form and fax directly to the McCain Centre at 416 946-2043 - the phone # is 416 946 2184. When making a referral, your doctor will need to include:

  • A letter of referral
  • Clinical notes
  • Blood work results including history of present illness, previous medical history , list of medication
  • All relevant medical imaging: ultrasounds, x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs
  • Pathology reports, (if available, but not required for referral)
  • Any other relevant diagnostic test results

For more information on how to be referred to the McCain Rapid Diagnostic Centre, click here.


In this Section:

Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer 
Types and Staging
Cancer Centres
Communicating With Your Physician

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