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Pancreatic Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic

The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins offers a Pancreatic 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. 

Dr. Dan Laheru
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 multidisciplinary 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

Expertise and Skill

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.

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 the team envisioned was a group of experts, considered the best in their fields, coming together in one room, two days 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.

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 and 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. 

What to Expect

Each clinic day is centered around the unique needs of each patient. We ask that patients gather medical records---anything pertinent to their current condition---to send to our clinic coordinator at least three-to-four days in advance of their appointment
 
Your day will begin with a history and physical examination as well as a review of all relevant records and scans. Your appointment may also include additional tests and scans, such as a CT scan.

While you are meeting with a specialist, our panel conducts an extensive review of your case, you will meet with at least one of our experts, specifically chosen to suit your needs. In addition, all of our experts are available for you to see, and you may request to see any of them during your evaluation.  
 
In the afternoon, following your physician consult, your case is once again reviewed by an expanded group of pancreas cancer experts. Because we incorporate multiple reviews of your case, it is possible for your initial treatment plan to change. If that occurs, don’t worry. We will change your plan only after considering all the options. And, if it does change, you will be notified immediately. 
 
How long a day will you have?

Arrival:
Plan to arrive at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in the morning. If you are having a CT scan, you may be required to arrive earlier. For patients traveling from out of town, our staff can help guide you to local accommodations.

Departure:
We ask that patients plan their travels after 5 p.m. on the day of their visit.

 

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