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The Destination for Pancreatic Cancer Care

Our team of specialists bring a multidisciplinary, compassionate and innovative approach to patients with pancreatic cancer. Through our partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, patients have access to the full spectrum of advanced treatment options for pancreatic cancer including complex surgical techniques, clinical trials, precision medicine, immunotherapy, and innovative radiation therapy procedures.

Our integrated cancer care model includes New Jersey’s largest network of pancreatic specialists, comprised of a multidisciplinary team of nationally recognized surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional gastroenterologists, interventional radiologists, nurses, oncology nurse navigators, and oncology support professionals. Through this collaborative approach, our team provides patients with an individualized treatment plan tailored to their pancreatic disease.

Our fellowship trained pancreas surgeons perform the highest volume of pancreatic procedures in the state and are national leaders in the field. Procedures are performed at several of the RWJBarnabas Health hospitals located throughout New Jersey.

We also offer the only pancreatic cyst identification and surveillance program in the state and one of only a few in the country, which helps to identify pre-cancerous pancreas lesions at an earlier, more treatable stage and longitudinally follow those that do not require surgery but rather surveillance for progression. Our program was the first program in the country to utilize a cloud based management platform for pancreatic cyst surveillance. This unique program identifies individuals with incidental pancreatic cysts or abnormalities following MRI or CT scans. Through the surveillance program, at-risk individuals are contacted for follow-up.

What is Pancreatic Cancer?

Located behind the stomach, the pancreas is an organ that aids in food digestion. When cells grow uncontrollably in the organ, it can cause pancreatic cancer.

There are two main types of pancreatic cancer: Exocrine cancer and endocrine cancer. The types refer to the two kinds of cells in the pancreas. Exocrine cancers, which are more common, are the most common type of pancreatic cancer. Nearly all exocrine cancers are adenocarcinomas. Adenosquamous carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, signet ring cell carcinomas, undifferentiated carcinomas, and undifferentiated carcinomas with giant cells, ampullary cancer (carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater), are less common types of exocrine cancers.

Endocrine cancer includes pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), or islet cell tumors. Though they are not as common as exocrine cancer, the prognosis is, for the most part, better. Varieties of pancreatic NETs include functioning NETs, most of which are gastrinomas or insulinomas.

Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer

The following are common diagnostic tests used to detect pancreatic cancer:

  • Imaging tests, such as ultrasounds, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans, positron emission tomography (PET) scan, cholangiopancreatography, or angiography
  • Blood tests
  • Biopsy

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists provide the most advanced treatment options in a compassionate and welcoming environment. Patients are provided with an individualized treatment plan specific to their disease. Treatments we offer include:

  • Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
  • Distal pancreatectomy
  • Central pancreatectomy
  • Minimally invasive pancreatectomy (robotic and laparoscopic)
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery pathways (ERAS) for pancreas
  • Clinical Trials
  • Pancreatic cyst surveillance programs
  • Diagnostic interventional gastroenterology services with Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Advanced radiographic procedures
  • Multidisciplinary treatment planning

To contact one of New Jersey’s best gastrointestinal cancer specialists call
844-CANCERNJ or 844-226-2376.

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