Comprehensive Pancreatic Cancer Care
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we understand your concerns and fears, and we can help. At University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, our team of pancreatic doctors offer advanced and compassionate care to patients with a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
Pancreatic Cancer Treatment in Northeast Ohio
UH Seidman Cancer Center Offers the Latest Medical Advances in Treating Pancreatic Cancer
Right now, our nationally recognized cancer specialists are using most advanced techniques to screen, diagnose, and treat cancer of the pancreas, as well as offering groundbreaking clinical trials – giving patients access to some of the most innovative pancreatic cancer treatment options available.
A Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer
UH Seidman Cancer Center has been nationally recognized as an Academic Center of Excellence by the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF). Following a rigorous audit review, NPF Centers are awarded for multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic cancer with a focus on the best possible outcomes and improved quality of life. These Centers of Excellence combine the expertise of pancreas surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists and interventional radiologists, along with patient-focused programs such as pain management, psychosocial support and nutrition.
Screenings and Exams for Pancreatic Cancer
If you are in the high-risk category for familial pancreatic cancer, your doctor may recommend a yearly screening endoscopic ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which can be effective in detecting early-stage pancreatic cancer or pre-cancerous pancreatic cysts. If a pancreatic cyst is found during the screening exam, our pancreas doctors follow the patient carefully and monitor the unique attributes of the cyst which may develop into pancreatic cancer.
Meet The Team
Our cancer doctors, nurses and support staff coordinate your treatment plan.
Diagnosis & Treatment
The pancreatic cancer experts at University Hospitals understand what a cancer diagnosis means for a family.
Our clinic brings together multiple pancreatic cancer specialists in one convenient appointment to help create an individualized treatment plan for each patient.
Our patients have access to new and innovative therapies that are offered at few other cancer centers across the nation.
What are the Risk Factors for Pancreatic Cancer?
Knowing your risk factors is key to early detection of pancreatic cancer, which can lead to a better chance of successfully treating the disease. Pancreatic cancer risk factors include:
If two first-degree relatives (such as parent, child or sibling) have had pancreatic cancer or certain other types of cancer, you are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with familial pancreatic cancer. A family history of other types of cancer, or pancreatic cancer in non-first-degree relatives, may also put you at risk. If you have a family history of cancer, talk to your doctor about your risks.
Two-thirds of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are 65 or older.
Other Pancreatic Risk Factors Include:
- Heavy alcohol use
- Chronic pancreatitis
Help and Support for Patients
UH offers educational and support resources for pancreatic cancer patients and their families.