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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.
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.
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.
Did You Know?
More than 42,000 cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed each year.
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.
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...