Pancreas cancer originates in the pancreas. The pancreas is involved in controlling blood sugar and the digestion of food.
Pancreas Cancer Symptoms
When tumors obstruct bile or pancreas ducts, or interfere with the nerves in the center of the abdomen, a variety of symptoms may occur, including:
- Painless jaundice (eyes and skin becoming yellow)
- Upper abdominal pain located just below the ribs
- Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
- Back pain
Evaluation for Pancreas Cancer
UT Southwestern Medical Center offers a multidisciplinary, expert-based team approach to diagnosing and treating each patient.
You will be evaluated by a member of our pancreas cancer treatment team, as well as by a multidisciplinary team that attends our weekly Gastrointestinal Cancer Multidisciplinary Conference. The team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists, and surgical oncologists.
We will discuss your needs and develop an individualized treatment plan that focuses on both the elimination of the cancer and the preservation of your quality of life.
Treatment for Pancreas Cancer
Individualized treatment plans may include specialized endoscopy (looking inside the stomach with a camera), placement of a stent (plastic tube) to unblock bile or pancreas ducts, surgical removal of the tumor, chemotherapy, or radiation.
Clinical trials may provide you with an opportunity to complement traditional therapy with the newest, most promising treatment strategies for challenging types of cancer.
How We’re Different
Our team of physicians and researchers has extensive experience with pancreas cancer. You will benefit from our specialization, our individualized treatment plans, and our access to the most innovative, promising new therapies, including minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Request an Appointment
For an appointment at our facility in Dallas or for more information about our gastrointestinal cancer services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.