UI Hospitals and Clinics

Pancreatic Cancer Clinic

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:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Radiation therapy - external or internal beam
  • Surgery
    • 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

Whiteboard Video: Whipple Procedure

In this video James Mezhir, MD provides a technical look into pancreaticoduodenectomy, more commonly known as the Whipple Procedure. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has a specialized program for this operation including preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care.


Whiteboard Video: Minimally Invasive Distal Pancreatic Resection

James Mezhir, MD describes minimally invasive surgery of the pancreas in this video. Some advantages of this kind of surgery include decreased pain and a shortened hospital stay.


Whiteboard Video: Pancreatic Cysts

James Mezhir, MD describes treatment for pancreatic cysts in this video. At University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, each patient receives a unique treatment plan that is created with a team approach.


Care Team


Medical Oncologist

Surgical Oncologist