Why choose us for pancreatic cancer care?
Your pancreas is a gland that produces substances (enzymes) to help you digest food. Pancreatic cancer is rare and challenging to treat.
Seeking services at an experienced program such as ours helps you receive trusted care from experienced doctors. We treat a high volume of patients with pancreatic cancer, giving you the best chances for successful treatment.
Pancreatic cancer is one of many forms of gastrointestinal cancer we treat. Find out more about our gastrointestinal cancer program.
What you need to know about pancreatic cancer
- Early-stage pancreatic cancer does not cause symptoms. For that reason, people often get their diagnosis in later stages, when it is more likely to grow and spread.
- The pancreas’s location near other digestive organs makes it difficult to access.
- The best care includes a delicate surgical technique, the Whipple procedure. Our pancreatic surgeons have years of experience performing it.
- You still have options if you cannot have surgery. We offer nonsurgical procedures, specialized radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
How to talk to your doctor about pancreatic cancer
Everyone reacts differently to a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. And we are here for you with information that may make the next steps of your care less overwhelming. We encourage you to voice questions and concerns, so you know what to expect.
You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Additional testing you may need to determine the cancer stage or personalize your care
- Cancer stage, the size of the cancer and whether it has spread, and what it means for your long-term health
- Treatment options, including any pancreatic cancer clinical trials you may be eligible for
- Potential treatment side effects and therapies to lessen their impact on your daily life
- Support to help you cope with the ways cancer may affect your mind, body and spirit
We are happy to include loved ones in important discussions about your care. They may raise questions you wouldn’t think to ask or provide support as you make care decisions.
Two types of abnormal growths (tumors) give rise to pancreatic cancer:
- Exocrine tumors, including adenocarcinoma, form in the exocrine cells that help you digest food.
- Neuroendocrine tumors are made of slow-growing cells that may or may not produce abnormal levels of hormones.