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You are the focus of personalized care that brings together the most advanced techniques and technologies and some of the nation's top pancreatic cancer professionals.

You are the focus of personalized care that brings together the most advanced techniques and technologies and some of the nation's top pancreatic cancer professionals.

Gauri Varadhachary, M.D. has years of experience in treating pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy and surgery.

Get up, show up and never, ever give up.

Shannon Magee

Survivor

Your personal team of experts, which includes oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, gastroenterologists and a specially trained support staff, communicates closely about your care for pancreatic cancer. As an important part of the care team, you are involved in every decision.

As one of the nation's largest cancer centers, we are able to offer a variety of innovative treatments, including proton therapy and targeted therapies that help your body fight pancreatic cancer.

Groundbreaking Research

We have pioneered several advances in pancreatic cancer, including:

  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (given before surgery) to shrink the tumor and allow it to be removed surgically with less damage to normal tissue
  • Gemcitabine, which now is standard treatment around the world
  • Discovery of the genetic causes of pancreatic cancer

MD Anderson is leading research into ways to treat and prevent pancreatic cancer. This means we are able to offer a wide range of clinical trials for new treatment.

And at MD Anderson you're surrounded by the strength of one of the nation's largest and most experienced comprehensive cancer centers, which has all the support and wellness services needed to treat the whole person – not just the disease.

Treatment at MD Anderson

Pancreatic cancer treated in our Gastrointestinal Center.

Facts

Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about pancreatic cancer, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.

Pancreatic cancer facts

Did You Know?

More than 42,000 cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed each year.

Symptoms

Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.

Pancreatic cancer symptoms

Diagnosis

Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer. Learn what methods doctors use to diagnose pancreatic cancer, as well as how they determine its stage.

Pancreatic cancer diagnosis

Treatment

Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select a treatment plan based on your diagnosis and disease stage.

Pancreatic cancer treatment 

Clinical Trials

MD Anderson patients have access to clinical trials offering promising new treatments that cannot be found anywhere else.

Knowledge Center

Find the latest news and information about pancreatic cancer in our Knowledge Center, including blog posts, articles, videos, news releases and more.

myCancerConnection

Talk to someone who shares your cancer diagnosis and be matched with a survivor.

Prevention & Screening

Many cancers can be prevented with lifestyle changes and regular screening.

Counseling

MD Anderson has licensed social workers to help patients and their loved ones cope with cancer.

BY Elizabeth York

Relda Marshall’s only pancreatic cancer symptoms seemed benign to her — stomach pains and belching after eating.

Eventually, Relda saw her local doctor in Mount Pleasant, Texas. He prescribed an acid-reducer and ordered bloodwork and an ultrasound. A follow-up CT scan confirmed that she had a two-centimeter tumor on her pancreas.

“It was a shock,” Relda says. “I had never been really sick.”  After discussing the diagnosis...