The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins offers a Pancreas Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic every Tuesday.
PancMD Video Series
Education...Diagnosis...Treatment...Research...a bundle of knowledge in a one-day clinic and evaluation like no other. The PancMD video series introduces you to the Johns Hopkins experts who gather their knowledge and expertise for patients in the Pancreatic Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic.
Make an Appointment
Patients should call 410-933-PANC (7262) to make an appointment.
Johns Hopkins expert Daniel Laheru, M.D. discusses patient cases
with the team to develop individualized treatment plans.
Pancreatic cancer experts across many disciplines dedicate themselves to meeting with patients, diagnosing and discussing their cancers and creating personalized treatment plans. This one-day clinic offers a complete, comprehensive examination, including imaging tests such as CT scans, by some of the top cancer experts in the country. Our clinic brings together medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, nutritionists and others to educate patients about their options. We also provide summaries to your primary care or referring physician.
The clinic is best suited to the following types of patients:
- Those with newly diagnosed or suspected pancreatic cancer who have had no treatment so far
- Those who have been informed they have locally advanced - not resectable (not removable and non-metastatic cancer) or borderline resectable (may be resected/removed but could result in an incomplete resection) pancreatic cancer
- Patients who had surgery for pancreatic cancer and have not started any chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy
About Our Model Clinic
Pancreas cancer is a complex and deadly disease requiring the integration and expertise of specialists from many medical and surgical disciplines.
The multidisciplinary pancreas cancer clinic (PancMD) that brings together leading Johns Hopkins clinicians in oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, radiology, pathology, gastroenterology, and pain and palliative care, as well as nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and genetic counselors, was conceptualized by radiation oncologist Joseph Herman, M.D..
What he envisioned had never been tried before — anywhere. The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, where scientists have amassed many firsts in pancreas cancer, a relentless cancer that required visionary approaches, seemed the perfect match for such an innovative approach. What Herman envisioned was a team of experts, considered the best in their fields, coming together in one room, one day a week to review the records of pancreas cancer patients and determine the best course of treatment for each patient.
The PancMD clinic blazed new trails to become the model and also elevate pancreas cancer care to a new level here at the Kimmel Cancer Center and around the world. It has raised the bar for how cancer care should be delivered.
Before the clinic was established, cancer management followed a more singular approach. If a tumor could be removed with surgery, the patient was first treated by a surgeon and then handed off to medical and radiation oncologists for radiation treatment and chemotherapy. Pathologists would examine tumor samples to characterize the tumor, and radiologists would image tumors and send reports to oncologists. Each expert did his or her part well, but there was no formal, concerted effort, Herman says.
Recognizing that cancer therapy transcends the boundaries of medical disciplines, the idea for this new type of clinic was born.
Now, patients calling for an appointment are seen in the clinic in less than a week; and in a single day, they receive a comprehensive evaluation. As patients travel from all over the world to seek the advice of pancreas cancer experts at the Skip Viragh Center for Pancreas Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care, the clinic ensures not only the best and most advanced care, but the most efficient care as well.
“Sometimes there are heated discussions among experts about the best course of action for a patient,” says Herman, “but by the time they all leave the clinic meeting room, they have agreed on a treatment plan and patients can be confident that all experts have contributed to the decision. Patients get a first, second, and third opinion all at one time…The clinic seamlessly incorporates all elements of pancreas cancer care, from detection through treatment.”