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Pancreatic Cancer

Your First Appointment for Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer can spread very quickly so it is very important to begin treatment as soon as possible after a mass has been detected or cancer has been diagnosed. And because the first step in treatment is often surgery, consulting with a University Hospitals pancreas cancer surgeon should be your first priority. Your pancreas cancer surgeon will work closely with other team members of our experienced team of cancer specialists (e.g. medical oncology, radiation oncology, etc.) to develop your treatment plan.

Connect with a UH Surgical Oncologist, Any Time of Day or Night

At University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, we recognize that a new cancer diagnosis is often an emotional emergency. We also realize the magnitude of the responsibility that comes with managing cancer care for yourself or your family member. We respond to these needs by providing unparalleled access to our surgical oncology experts. In our experience, there is nothing more valuable to a patient with cancer. Therefore, the University Hospitals Surgical Oncology team wants to ensure that every patient with cancer has the same access to us that our own family would have.

We offer comprehensive cancer care including:

  • Surgical Oncology Patient Liaison. Available 24/7 to patients with any of the cancers we treat by calling 216-286-3870 or via our online form below.
  • Immediate and Efficient Specialty Access. Speak by phone or have a virtual consult with a surgical oncologist within 24 – 48 hours.
  • Sustained Relationship Access. This level of access will continue throughout the duration of your care.

University Hospitals Offers Personalized, Comprehensive Pancreas Cancer Care

Whether you choose a virtual or in-person consultation with a pancreas surgeon at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, the care and recommendations for treatment you receive will be exceptional.

We have the most innovative program in the region, providing our patients with:

  • University Hospitals experience and expertise. The American Cancer Society recommends that patients with pancreas cancer choose a hospital that performs at least 15 – 20 pancreas surgeries per year for optimal outcomes. University Hospitals surgeons meet and exceed these guidelines so you can be confident you'll get the very best care.
  • A highly personalized relationship with your surgeon. When you choose University Hospitals, you will experience a unique level of access to your surgeon that begins with the initial consultation and continues throughout the treatment journey, the recovery period and beyond.
  • Access to clinical trials. In addition, our physician scientists are involved in extensive research and clinical trials that are focused on finding new and better treatments for pancreas cancer. The option to participate in clinical trials will be presented to patients during their consultation when appropriate.

Next Steps for Your First Appointment with a Surgical Oncologist

After completing the form below or calling 216-286-3870, our surgical oncology patient liaison will contact you to setup an initial phone call or virtual consult with a surgical oncologist.

After you have been introduced to your surgical oncologist with this initial conversation, we will then set up your first appointment. Our team will let you know what medical records (biopsy report, imaging results, etc.) we will need at this time.

During your appointment, you will meet with a surgeon to discuss your diagnosis and treatment options. By the end of your appointment, your surgeon will provide you with their expert recommendations and your next steps for receiving the care you need. We encourage you to make a list of questions and concerns you may want to discuss with the surgeon.

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Why Choose UH Seidman Cancer Center

As one of the best cancer hospitals in the country according to U.S. News & World Report for over 20 years, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center is dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and blood disorders.

At UH Seidman Cancer Center, we combine the expertise of some of the country’s leading cancer experts with state-of-the-art technology and leading edge treatments to provide patients with a full continuum of care – from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine – one of an elite group of 53 such comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center has an “Exceptional” rating from the NCI, a rating only seven NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers currently hold.

The UH Virtual Consult is available for those with a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Please contact UH Seidman Cancer Center at 216-844-3951 for more information regarding cancer services and pancreatic cancer screenings.