Our Multidisciplinary Approach
Why should I select the Multidisciplinary Team at Johns Hopkins?
The Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Clinic integrates international experts in the fields of basic research, pathology, radiology, medical, radiation and surgical oncology.
- Each year, over 240 Whipple procedures are performed at Johns Hopkins. Patients are referred from all over the world to be operated on by our highly experienced team. In addition, last year, over 80 distal pancreatecomies were performed at Johns Hopkins.
- The team established the National Familial Pancreas Tumor Registry, discovered many of the genes involved in the development of pancreatic cancer, and helped identify the pre-cursor lesions that give rise to invasive pancreatic cancer. Basic researchers have worked closely with clinicians to bring cutting-edge research advances to improve patient care.
- The center offers cutting-edge pancreatic clinical trials which integrate novel therapeutics with advanced radiation technology. For example,
- The Hopkins team recently completed a phase II study combining chemoradiation and a vaccine on resected pancreatic cancer patients. This resulted in one/two-year survivals which are better than any other reported regimen (76% two-year survival).
- The Hopkins team recently opened an innovative clinical trial in which patient's tumor cells are taken during surgery, grown in mice and treated with a panel of chemotherapeutic agents to guide future treatments.
- Radiologists use the latest equipment with 3D and 4D capabilities to define the exact extent of tumors. The multidisciplinary team at Johns Hopkins also offers cutting-edge radiation therapy to target the radiation to the tumor, limiting exposure to normal healthy tissue.
At Johns Hopkins we have experts who can insure the most advanced treatments (pathology, gastroenterology, radiology, oncology, surgery and radiation oncology). Furthermore, our experience in treating pancreatic cancer is far beyond most cancer centers in the United States. The goal of our clinic is to offer "global" care to our pancreatic cancer patients. We are dedicated to providing you with the infrastructure and coordinated service which will carefully walk you through all phases of treatment.
To be seen at the clinic, simply call scheduling at 410-933-PANC (410-933-7262).
You can also make an appointment directly with one of our surgeons, radiation oncologists or oncologists.
Click here for a list of the Pancreatic Cancer specialists at Johns Hopkins.