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Skip Viragh Center for Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care

Great patient care comes from the integration of cutting edge basic science research with caring and effective treatment. Here at the Kimmel Cancer Center we are fortunate to have a collaborative team of scientists, physicians, and allied health care workers dedicated to improving the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer. This team covers all of pancreatic cancer, from basic science research to patient care, and is organized into two centers.

Much of the basic science component of our work is housed in the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center. Scientists in the Goldman Center have made many of the most significant scientific discoveries in the field of pancreatic cancer research over the last two decades. Members of the Goldman Center discovered many of the genetic (DNA) changes that drive cells in the pancreas to become cancerous, they were the first to decipher the complete genetic code of pancreatic cancer, and, in an unprecedented effort to discover the genes that cause pancreatic cancer to run in families, they have recently analyzed the genetic code of 650 patients with familial pancreatic cancer. Manuscripts published by the Goldman Center have been cited over 25,000 times by other pancreatic cancer scientists—reflecting the impact of this center on this deadly cancer. It should not be surprising that the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) gave its 2013 Team Science Award to scientists in the Goldman Center. Learn more about the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center.

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Hopkins Scientists Kenneth Kinzler, Ph.D., and Bert Vogelstein with
Dr. Benjamin Lewis, M.D., with the Sol Goldman Charitable Trust.

Researchers in both the Goldman Center and the Skip Viragh Center for Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care work closely to translate their discoveries into new therapies.






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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.

Ask a Nurse Practitioner about Symptoms, Problems and Concerns

As part of a research study to assess the effectiveness of online support, nurse practitioner Marian Grant will answer questions on symptoms, treatments and support for pancreatic cancer patients. Learn more.

Expert care for pancreatic cancer and tumors

Having pancreatic cancer – or a suspicious tumor on your pancreas – is a frightening diagnosis. Johns Hopkins experts, some of the most experienced pancreatic specialists in the country, are working to dispel fear and create hope in patients with pancreas disease. Pancreatic cancer, tumors and cysts are being treated with dramatic success at Johns Hopkins.

The first step when dealing with suspected pancreas cancer is accurate imaging and diagnosis, followed by determining whether or not you are a candidate for surgery. Our internationally recognized physician-scientists are dedicated to delivering state-of-the-art treatment planning and innovative, expert care to our patients.

The Pancreatic Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinicis a one-day clinic that offers a complete, comprehensive examination, including imaging tests such as CT scans, by some of the top cancer experts in the country. To make an appointment call 410-933-PANC(7262).

At Johns Hopkins, our surgeons have made significant improvements to the Whipple procedure, the primary surgical treatment for pancreatic cancer that occurs within the head of the gland (also called a pancreaticoduodenectomy). Today, our surgeons perform a high volume of these procedures and have lessened the complications during and after surgery.

We also have minimally invasive or laparoscopic options for certain patients with tumors in the pancreas. Our team can help determine whether you are a candidate for these procedures.


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