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.

The Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Program offers pancreatic cancer patients the best possible outcomes while minimizing complications and side effects.

Our experts also 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.

The pancreatic cancer care team coordinates the expertise of gastroenterologists; surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists; nutritionists; geneticists; and other specialists. We offer state-of-the-art techniques – including the latest minimally invasive, laparoscopic, robotic, and image-guided approaches.

Program Highlights

  • Our program provides coordinated multidisciplinary care, with same-day tumor board presentation and development of a personalized treatment plan – all provided within one visit.
  • A patient and family support session delivered during the visit provides assistance with coping, nutrition, and other supportive services.  
  • 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.
  • 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.

Due to the limitations of conventional therapies for the disease, patients with any stage of pancreatic cancer may be candidates for clinical trials. As the only NCI-designated institution in North Texas, UT Southwestern’s Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center provides patients with access to research studies that evaluate the latest, most promising approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

For patients with resectable pancreatic cancer, we offer more expertise than others in North Texas. Many studies show surgeon experience in specialized procedures result in more positive results for patients, and we perform a high volume of pancreatic cancer surgeries. Pancreatic cancer surgeries are becoming increasingly safe, and our experience has dramatically reduced mortality associated with the procedures.

Meet the Team

Request an Appointment

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