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Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is hard to treat. Once you have it, surgery is the only cure. But surgery only works for 10-15% of patients. That's why knowing your risk and getting care early is key.

At UVA, you'll find a team on the front lines of care and research. We're not just looking for better treatments. We're aiming to catch pancreatic cancer before it strikes.

Pancreatic Cancer Experts

The team includes surgeons, nurses, GI specialists, cancer experts, radiologists, and genetic counselors. All of us specialize in dealing with pancreatic cysts and tumors. We work together to give you the best care possible. 

Types of Pancreas Surgery

If you need pancreatic surgery, you want options. We can perform surgery for all stages of disease. This includes treating painful pancreatic cysts.

We have some of the best surgery results in the country. Our expertise includes:

  • The Whipple procedure
  • Taking out the body and tail of the pancreas
  • Spleen removal 
  • Removal of the whole pancreas
Pancreatic Surgery Clinic
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We have the latest tools and top experts. Get your best chance of getting past pancreatic cancer.

Visit the Pancreatic Cancer Clinic
Pancreatic Cyst Clinic
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Visit one of the first programs in the country for treating pancreatic cysts.

Visit the Pancreatic Cyst Clinic
High-Risk Clinic
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Early cancer discovery improves your chance of survival. Get screened with high-tech tools.

Visit the High-Risk Clinic

Catching Cancer as Early as We Can

We usually don't find pancreatic cancer until it's too late. Symptoms appear, but the disease has spread to other parts of the body. By then, we have few treatment options. We want to catch pancreatic cancer before it's too late. Our researchers are working on:

  • Developing a test to identify precancerous cells in the pancreas
  • Discovering a blood biomarker that shows the presence of pancreatic tumors over 90% of the time