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Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Resistance to chemo. Rapid, aggressive growth. A higher chance of recurring. All of these traits are hallmarks of pancreatic cancer, making it one of the most difficult GI cancers to treat. Temple's multidisciplinary GI Cancer team is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating patients at all stages of this complex disease. After extensive testing and tumor analysis, the GI Tumor Board meets to map out a treatment plan for each patient, using input from specialists in gastroenterology, surgery, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology and medical oncology.

Our skilled surgeons take an aggresive approach, even for pancreatic cancer cases considered borderline surgically removable. Surgery is usually combined with chemotherapy or radiation to ensure the best outcome. When surgery is not an option, our clinical team employs custom treatment plans with chemo- and radio-therapy plus other supportive measures to slow down tumor growth or spread.

Temple Pancreatic Cancer Team

Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery
Andreas Karachristos, MD, PhD

Medical Oncology
Juhi Mittal, MD

Case Study from the Temple Digestive Disease Center

Precise Imaging Allows Excision of Early Pancreatic Cancer

Genevieve M., 72, was referred to a Temple gastroenterologist by her doctor who was concerned about her unexplained weight loss. Following some routine tests, a CT scan revealed a cancerous mass on the head of her pancreas.

Genevieve underwent a Whipple surgery to remove the mass. The procedure successfully removed the mass and prevented cancer from spreading to other parts of her body. Today, Genevieve is feeling healthy and is back to work full time.