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Pancreas Cancer

Piedmont Cancer provides patient-centered and personalized care to every patient.

Pancreas cancer is one of the most complex and difficult cancers to treat. At Piedmont Cancer, the first step in treating pancreatic cancer is to establish an accurate diagnosis. While there are no practical tests for the early detection of pancreas cancer, our multidisciplinary team of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, radiation specialists, and pathologists are dedicated to finding the right treatment plan, and helping you navigate every step of your journey.
 

About Pancreas Cancer

While there are some genetic conditions that increase a person’s risk for pancreatic cancer, most cases cannot be linked to inheritance. Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include:

  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
     

Diagnosis

The key questions are the following:

  • Whether or not the pancreatic tumor can be surgically removed. We like to think of this as a “geography issue,” not a “size issue.”
  • The role for chemotherapy, the role for chemotherapy and radiation, and the role of surgery
  • We strongly believe all patients with pancreas cancer understand a tenant of oncology: Name it, Stage it, and Treat it. This concept is critical to understanding your journey through pancreas cancer.
     

Treatment

We take a team approach to caring for patients with pancreas cancer. Every patient diagnosed with pancreas cancer is presented at our multidisciplinary tumor board where specialists in all disciplines discuss your case. Treatment planning conferences are used to provide patients with a treatment recommendation.
 

Expertise

Piedmont, a designated National Pancreas Foundation Center, has some of the most experienced pancreas cancer surgeons in the country, performing a high volume of surgeries each year. Surgery is performed by a hepatobiliary surgeon who specializes in these types of cancer. Our multidisciplinary approach is unique because all specialists are involved in your care. In addition, our dedicated coordinator facilitates all aspects of care within one clinic, which provides patients with an expedited evaluation and full continuum of care.

As a certified member in MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Piedmont Cancer has access to oncology specialist consultations from clinical experts at the top research cancer center in the U.S.

Our team includes:

  • Fellowship trained surgeons
  • Medical oncologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Pathologists

Piedmont’s full range of cancer support services and programs are available to enhance your care experience, help lessen anxiety, answer questions, empower and guide you through every step of your cancer journey. Services include clinical trials, cancer rehabilitation, patient navigation, genetics counseling, nutrition counseling, social services, and financial assistance. Cancer wellness programs include education, nutrition workshops, exercise, art therapy, support groups and more.
 

Surgical Team

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