At West Cancer Center, we are committed to providing each patient with the most individualized and comprehensive care possible. Our multidisciplinary approach provides each patient with a dedicated team of experts for your pancreatic cancer treatment.
A patient with pancreatic cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- CT scan: a CT scan is a technique for imaging body tissues and organs, during which X-ray transmissions are converted to detailed images using a computer.
- MRI: a MRI scan may be used to clearly define the extent of the tumor and to suggest a tumor type.
- Endoscopic Ultrasound: an imaging test that uses an ultrasound device to take images of your pancreas from inside your abdomen. An endoscope is used to help portray these images.
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ECRP): an imaging technique where a dye is injected to help highlight the bile ducts in your pancreas. An endoscope is used to help portray these images.
- Blood tests: your physician may test your blood to detect certain proteins or tumor markers created by pancreatic cancer cells.
- Biopsy: your physician may remove a sample of tissue for examination and to determine a diagnosis.
Your Treatment Plan
Your pancreatic cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Whipple procedure (pancreatoduodenectomy): a surgical procedure where the head of the pancreas, as well as a portion of your small intestine, gallbladder and bile duct, are removed. Some part of your stomach may also be removed.
- Distal pancreatectomy: a surgical procedure where the body and tail of the pancreas, as well as the spleen, are removed.
- Total pancreatectomy: a surgical procedure where the pancreas is completely removed, in addition to the removal of a portion of the small intestine, part of the stomach, the common bile duct, the spleen, the gallbladder, and affected lymph nodes.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy and surgery to treat your cancer.
- Radiation therapy: often used with chemotherapy, radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.