A Research-Driven Approach to Fighting Pancreatic Cancer
UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Program is committed to providing research-driven care for patients suffering from pancreatic cancer.
As a type of gastrointestinal cancer that is difficult to diagnose and that can often be aggressive, pancreatic cancer requires timely, effective care using the newest techniques. Our team relies upon the latest research to offer patients the best possible outcomes, while minimizing complications and side effects.
The UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in North Texas. Our pancreatic cancer team offers the region’s most experienced, specialized care.
Patients at the Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Program benefit from the combined knowledge of a range of specialists, including gastroenterologists; surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists; nutritionists; and geneticists. Our team understands the importance of pursuing innovative approaches to prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of pancreatic cancer. Our commitment to ongoing research ensures our patients benefit from the very latest diagnostic technologies and treatment strategies, including those only available through clinical trials.
For patients with resectable, or localized, pancreatic cancer, we offer the most expertise in North Texas. We perform a high volume of pancreatic cancer surgeries, and our experience has dramatically reduced mortality associated with the procedures.
Our goal is to quickly and effectively diagnose patients and then begin treatment as soon as possible. We offer coordinated care, with an entire team of specialists collaborating on each case and developing a personalized treatment plan – typically within a single visit.
Early detection and diagnosis is vital, since pancreatic cancer can have vague symptoms and may spread aggressively. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic services include:
- A unique pancreatic cancer prevention program that focuses on identifying risks and providing early detection and diagnosis
- Blood chemistry studies
- Imaging studies, including:
- Abdominal or endoscopic ultrasound
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC), technologies that detect whether bile ducts have been narrowed by pancreatic cancer
- Laparoscopy, which allows physicians to view the organs inside the abdomen
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
- Venous sampling, a technique that collects blood from tumors or nearby veins to test for difficult-to-detect cancer
With early detection, pancreatic cancer has a higher chance of being successfully treated. Once we have evaluated your cancer, our team will discuss your treatment options with you and establish a personalized plan of care.
We offer the newest treatments, including:
- A variety of surgical techniques, including minimally-invasive procedures that encourage faster healing, as well as laparoscopic, robotic, and image-guided approaches.
- Emerging therapies that are exclusively available through clinical trials, often before they are available at other medical centers.
In addition, we offer a range of support services to help you and your family through this challenging time, including:
- Cancer psychology
- Integrative therapies
- Oncology nutrition
Request an Appointment
To schedule a visit with a pancreatic cancer specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.
Meet the Team
Our highly-trained subspecialists are dedicated to providing research-based care to help prevent, diagnose, and effectively treat pancreatic cancer.