Pancreatic cancer treatment near Sydney

A person with a suspected or confirmed pancreatic cancer should:

  • have their care overseen by a specialist who is a member of a multidisciplinary cancer care team
  • attend their first specialist appointment within two weeks of being referred by the general practitioner (GP)
  • be referred to a specialist who works at one of the recommended specialist hospitals for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

There are a number of recommended hospitals for pancreatic cancer surgery. Ideally, people with pancreatic cancer should be referred to a specialist at one of these hospitals.

Who to see

The diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer involves a team of specialists. You should be initially referred to an gastroenterologist or surgeon.

A referral from a general practitioner (GP) is required for an appointment.

Where to have treatment

Treatment for pancreatic cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Many people with pancreatic cancer have a combination of these treatments.

Recommended hospitals for pancreatic cancer surgery

Hospitals that have a specialist pancreatic cancer centre are listed below. Find out why these hospitals are recommended. Results are ordered by distance from Sydney NSW.

Other treatment centres

Results are ordered by distance from Sydney NSW.

Find a cancer care team

All people with pancreatic cancer in NSW should have their treatment overseen by a multidisciplinary cancer care team (MDT).

A multidisciplinary cancer care team is a group of health care professionals who work together to ensure that a patient receives the best care and outcomes.

Children and youth services

There are services that provide specialised treatment and support to children and young people with cancer.

Tests and timeframes

National optimal care pathways have been developed to guide recommended care at each stage of the cancer pathway.

Initial tests may be organised by the general practitioner (GP) and may include an abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan. 

If jaundice is present, additional tests may include:

  • liver function tests
  • abdominal ultrasound
  • CT scan (where appropriate).

  • Initial tests should be performed within two weeks of general practitioner (GP) presentation.
  • People who present with jaundice should have their test ordered within 48 hours and the results followed up.
  • If there is a high suspicion of pancreatic cancer, the specialist consultation should take place within one week.
  • Initial treatment should commence within four weeks of the initial diagnosis, depending upon clinical urgency.

More information about the pancreatic cancer care pathway is available in these fact sheets:

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