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Stanford's Pancreatic Cancer Expertise

Stanford's Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program offers a multi-specialty team of experts experienced in treating even the most rare forms of pancreatic cancer. Stanford researchers were responsible for the discovery of a protein complex suppressed the growth of pancreatic tumors. These world-renowned professionals offer the latest procedures, therapies, and technologies. Patient outcomes are best where surgeries are done frequently and by a multi-specialty team of specialists. Specialized offerings include:

  • Advanced diagnostic imaging technologies, including:
    • High resolution CT specific for pancreas imaging
    • PET/CT scans for improved sensitivity in detecting cancer
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a new 3T magnet for improved resolution
  • Advanced techniques in endoscopy for both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
    • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) with endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
    • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with bile duct brushing and stent placment/exchange
  • Skilled surgeons who perform high-volume cancer operations, which has been shown to be imperative for improving patient outcomes in technically difficult surgeries (i.e., Whipple surgery)
  • Expertise in Radiation Therapy using intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and Stereotactic Body Radiation (SBRT) for focused treatment and minimal toxicity to healthy tissues
  • Chemotherapy in the Cancer Center's newly expanded, patient-friendly infusion center
  • Clinical trials using targeted therapies and immunotherapies

Stanford operates a dedicated weekly multi-specialty GI Tumor Board attended by surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, and pathologists.

When appropriate, patients are invited to join in studies of new treatments as well as large-scale multi-center clinical trials.

Support Groups

Stanford hosts a monthly Pancreatic Cancer Support Group that is attended by patients, family members, and cancer center staff. Talks provided by members of the treatment team discuss treatments, side effects, survivorship issues, and more.

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