Pancreatic cancer is one of the most challenging diseases to treat since it rarely shows symptoms in its early stages. However, aggressive therapies and specialized care can significantly improve outcomes and increase likelihood of a cure.
City of Hope has one of the most experienced pancreatic cancer programs in the United States, with a multidisciplinary team that takes an integrated approach to fighting cancers of the pancreas. This includes using advanced technologies and specialized techniques such as:
advanced tumor imaging using 3D computed tomography (CT) scans that can improve treatment planning by accurately locating pancreatic cancer
minimally-invasive, robotically-assisted techniques for complex surgeries — such as the Whipple procedure — that can remove tumors with less discomfort, reduced risk of complications and shorter recovery times
highly precise radiation therapy that can target hard-to-resect tumors with minimal exposure to surrounding normal tissue
combination regimens integrating surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy for maximum cancer-fighting effectiveness
Additionally, City of Hope patients have access to our extensive team of
supportive care experts
— including dieticians, supportive medicine physicians and rehabilitation specialists. Working closely with the patient’s primary care team, they can detect and address quality of life issues related to pancreatic cancer and its treatments. This includes
(such as pain, nausea and fatigue), adjusting to a new diet and lifestyle post-treatment and being aware of possible long-term effects.
As one of a handful of institutes to attain the elite designation of
Comprehensive Cancer Center
by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in pancreatic cancer research and treatment. With our decades of experience, specialized therapy protocols and extensive program of clinical trials
, newly diagnosed or relapsed patients can find a treatment regimen that is tailored to their needs and gives them the best chance for survival. U.S. News & World Report
also named City of Hope as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.
In collaboration with other departments and cancer centers, City of Hope’s pancreatic cancer program has an active portfolio of clinical trials
studying novel treatments, including trials of new surgery, radiation and drug therapy regimens that are more effective against the disease and/or less harmful to the patient. Many of these promising therapies are only available to patients being treated at the City of Hope.