Pancreatic cancer affects more than 40,000 Americans each year. The pancreas, located behind the stomach, contains two glands. One is responsible for creating enzymes that help break down fats and proteins and the other produces hormones that help your body maintain proper levels of insulin. Since early stage pancreatic cancer brings few symptoms, most cases of pancreatic cancer aren't detected until the disease is quite advanced.
PANCREATIC CANCER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Our cancer treatment program, in collaboration with the physicians of Blue Ridge Cancer Care, provides the full range of pancreatic cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation, on both an in-patient and out-patient basis.
We emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to care. Every patient benefits from the collaborative expertise of an experienced team of specialists who meet regularly to discuss each patient's care and progress. Our surgeons, specialists in minimally invasive procedures, have extensive experience treating all types of cancer. We encourage patients and their loved ones to participate in a wide range of complementary and alternative treatments, including support groups, nutritional counseling, massage and more.
Services offered include:
- Endoscopic ultrasound, in which an ultrasound device is passed through the throat and down into the stomach to take images (and sometimes tissue samples) of the pancreas
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which utilizes a contrast dye to enable visualization of the bile ducts in the pancreas.
- Imaging studies, including MRI, CT, and PET scans
- Biopsy, to examine pancreatic cells for the presence of cancer