The pancreatic cancer program provides a multimodality approach which includes the faculty from the gastrointestinal division, radiology division, interventional radiology section and the medical and radiotherapy oncologists at the Medical Center of the University of Pennsylvania. It draws upon the resources of the comprehensive cancer center.
Diagnostic studies and staging studies as well as three dimensional imaging studies are performed. The MRI Section provides cholangiography and arteriography for accurate staging of pancreatic cancers. All patients are evaluated by specialists from the Radiotherapy Section and the Medical Oncology Section to coordinate treatment in concert with surgical resection.
The division surgeons have pioneered the multimodality therapy of pancreatic carcinoma and have extensive experience in resective therapy for malignant tumors of the head and body of the pancreas (Whipple procedure) as well as those located in the body and tail of the pancreas. Care is carefully coordinated with the Nutrition Support Service, providing expert nutritional care during the periods of surgical and post surgical therapy.