Pancreatic Cancer: Our Approach and Expertise

The Pancreas Center at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center has a strong multidisciplinary program involving experts from many specialties. Our team includes oncologists who diagnose and treat cancers; geneticists who identify family members who may also be at risk; diagnostic and interventional gastroenterologists who pinpoint problems and provide immediate relief of symptoms; surgeons who perform diagnostic and therapeutic operations, palliative care specialists who are experts in reducing cancer-related symptoms such as pain and nausea; and nurse practitioners to help coordinate patients' care. Our close collaboration translates into far better care for patients than could be provided by physicians working in isolation. Our innovative technology and expertise combine to make us national leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of this challenging and complex disease.

Weekly Pancreas Center Conference
Each patient who comes to the Pancreas Center receives the benefit of our wide range of expertise. Every Thursday morning, the Pancreas Center cross-functional team meets to collaborate on current patient cases. A patient's history and current symptoms are presented along with past and current imaging studies. This multidisciplinary team approach helps to ensure the best outcome for every patient.

Psychosocial Oncology Program
Coping with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be difficult for a patient and his or her loved ones. Symptoms of pain, distress, fatigue, and depression often accompany a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer or may develop over time. These symptoms can affect a patient's quality of life. The discipline of psychosocial oncology is a specialty dedicated to dealing with these and other psychiatric complications of cancer and its treatment.
In addition to this program we conduct patient centered events designed to help patients cope with the diagnosis and challenges of treatment in this cancer. We have monthly patient-centered support groups and conduct other educational events through the Pancreas Center.

Nutrition counseling
Nutrition counseling is a free service offered to all patients of The Pancreas Center. Those who have pancreatic or gastrointestinal disease often encounter problems with their eating or maintaining weight. Our clinical nutritionist meets with patients to assess their individual needs and develop a personalized eating plan.