Pancreatic cancer effects about 43,000 people every year. Most cases occur in people over 65 years old. The pancreas is six-inch organ located in the belly between your stomach and your spine.
Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand pancreatic cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as gastroenterologists, social workers, and nurses. Treatment plans may include:
- Clinical trials
- Radiation therapy - external or internal beam
- Removal of the pancreas
- Whipple procedure: the head of the pancreas, the bile duct, the gallbladder, part of the stomach and part of the small intestine are removed
- Stent placement