Setting Goals and Creating a Treatment Plan

Your Treatment Plan Worksheet

A helpful resource for discussing pancreatic cancer
and treatment planning with your doctor

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Tips for Setting Goals

Setting goals is a two-way discussion that you should have with your healthcare team.

Here are some tips to help you set your treatment goals:

  • Write down what your doctor tells you. You may want to bring someone with you to take notes for you
  • Talk with your family members and caregivers. They may have input and advice that you may not have thought of
  • Learn all you can. Ask questions and do your own research
  • Keep track of your goals in a notebook or diary

Treatment Plan Considerations

Your treatment goals should be decided by you and your healthcare team. The treatment plan you choose should aim to achieve your individual goals. It is important that you think about these factors when deciding on treatment:

  • Extent of the disease— Treatment options will vary depending on the stage of your cancer
  • Overall health—Your doctor may suggest options based on your overall health
  • Quality of life—Some treatments may affect your ability to perform daily activities
  • Side effects—Cancer treatments can have side effects. You should know all the possible effects
  • Benefits versus risks—Always work with your doctor to weigh the benefits and risks of any treatment plan
  • Effect on future treatments— Future treatment options may be impacted by your initial treatments. Your doctor can tell you more