UVA Cancer Center is an international leader in detecting and treating pancreatic cancer. We offer a comprehensive program that includes early detection measures, advanced treatment options and coordinated care for patients with the disease.
A multidisciplinary team of radiologists, pancreatic cancer surgeons and medical oncologists evaluates, performs complex diagnostic procedures and treats patients with the latest in surgical and medical techniques.
At UVA, patients get the collective experience of this highly skilled team which is why our outcomes are among the best in the nation, specifically for the Whipple procedure, the most common operation for pancreatic cancer.
Once you have pancreatic cancer, surgery is the only cure. But it's only an option for 10-15% of patients. Surgery for pancreatic cancer at UVA includes:
- The Whipple procedure (or pancreaticoduodenectomy), the most common operation for pancreatic cancer
- Distal pancreatectomy (removal of the body and tail of the pancreas) and splenectomy (removal of the spleen)
- Total pancreatectomy, or removal of the pancreas (only used in a very small number of patients)
- Laparoscopic second open surgery
Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Clinic
Our Pancreatic Surgery Clinic offers the most advanced surgical options for patients at all stages of disease.
At this clinic, we provide surgical treatment for painful or potentially cancer-causing cysts.
Our surgeons, nurse practitioners, gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and genetic counselors all have specialized training to detect and treat pancreatic diseases. They will work together to ensure patients receive the best care and most advanced screening and surgical options available.