Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a type of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer. Due to its location deep in the abdomen and because of its vague symptoms, pancreatic cancer is rarely diagnosed at an early stage, and the majority of pancreatic tumors are aggressive.

These factors make pancreatic cancer one of the most challenging malignancies to treat. But advances in research have brought hope to people who have received a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center are actively pursuing innovative approaches to prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of pancreatic cancer. Our bench-to-bedside approach to pancreatic cancer care ensures our patients have access to the very latest diagnostic technologies and treatment strategies.

Program Highlights

  • Our team of doctors focuses exclusively on GI and pancreatic cancers.
  • Patients benefit from the newest approaches to diagnosis and treatment – and the latest discoveries through clinical trials, often before they are available at other medical centers. 
  • Our cancer surgeons – some of the most highly experienced in Texas – offer a variety of techniques for treating pancreatic cancer, including minimally invasive procedures that help patients recover faster.
  • We offer an unmatched pancreatic cancer prevention program for identifying risks and providing early detection.
  • We apply new research such as molecular profiling and personalized medicine to identify which patients are the best candidates for these leading-edge therapies.
  • As members of the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Texas, our pancreatic cancer team offers patients the region’s most experienced, specialized care.

How We Can Help

As with other cancers, pancreatic tumors are best treated by a group of doctors who provide comprehensive, collaborative care. Each UT Southwestern physician is part of a multidisciplinary team that meets regularly to review patient cases and create customized treatment plans.

UT Southwestern’s pancreatic cancer program includes:

  • Multidisciplinary clinics that provide seamless, patient-centered care
  • Access to the very latest treatments through clinical trials
  • Unsurpassed expertise in complex surgical procedures for pancreatic cancer
  • Treatments that can help extend the lives of patients with later-stage pancreatic cancer and offer a better quality of life
  • A dedicated patient coordinator to ensure timely, appropriate care at every step
  • A support team of pain specialists, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, financial counselors, and specially trained nurses

In addition, we provide an array of resources to help pancreatic cancer patients and families gain new coping strategies and receive emotional and practical support during their care journey.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a pancreatic cancer specialist, complete our online form or call 214-645-8300.