What to Expect

The Pancreatic Cancer Prevention Program delivers an all-in-one experience for people who may be at increased risk for pancreatic cancer. Our multidisciplinary team comes together to create a comprehensive treatment plan for you in a single visit.

Before Your Appointment

  • After you contact us for an appointment, we’ll send you an electronic questionnaire aimed at determining your relevant family history and potential pancreas-related symptoms.
  • If indicated based on the family history, you will be referred to our Genetics Program for a comprehensive evaluation and risk assessment. In many cases this visit can be coordinated for the same morning of your appointment.
  • Prior to the appointment, you will have diagnostic testing done in the form of specialized 3-dimensional pancreatic CT scans or MRIs, if not already performed. A radiologist with specialized training in abdominal imaging will interpret these scans. If imaging has already been performed, we will retrieve it for review by our radiology team.
  • If further investigations such as endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) are required, we will try to schedule these procedures prior to the clinic appointment.
  • The week before your clinic visit, your case will be presented at our weekly multidisciplinary pancreatic cancer prevention meeting. This meeting occurs every Friday and consists of expert pancreatic surgeons, gastroenterologists, pathologists, genetic counselors, and radiologists. The group will review the relevant imaging, endoscopic ultrasound, and other results for individuals who will be seen in the clinic.
  • You will be seen by a surgeon or gastroenterologist (occasionally both) with a special expertise in pancreatic disease.
  • We will create a comprehensive treatment summary and follow-up care plan.
  • If further studies are required, they will be scheduled at the time of the clinic appointment.
  • In the majority of cases, treatment plans are finalized at the time of the visit and communicated to your referring physician and primary care physician.
  • We will provide educational materials for you and your family to help you better understand what we discuss during the visit.

At Your Visit

  • You will be seen by a surgeon or gastroenterologist (occasionally both) with a special expertise in pancreatic disease.
  • We will create a comprehensive treatment summary and follow-up care plan.
  • If further studies are required, they will be scheduled at the time of the clinic appointment.
  • In the majority of cases, treatment plans are finalized at the time of the visit and communicated to your referring physician and primary care physician.
  • We will provide educational materials for you and your family to help you better understand what we discuss during the visit.

After Your Visit

  • After your visit, some additional studies may be done in order to examine the molecular profile of your pancreatic cyst fluid.
  • We will contact you with these final results following your visit if this study is determined to be necessary.
  • In most cases, surveillance will be recommended and our multidisciplinary team will recommend the appropriate timeline for follow-up imaging and your next visit.