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Pancreatic Cancer: Joseph's Story

Joseph “Cook” Edens III doesn’t let pancreatic cancer get in the way of living a full life. Edens was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent a Whipple procedure at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Unfortunately, a bout of pancreatitis returned, and in 2015, surgeon Christopher Wolfgang and his team performed a total pancreatectomy on Edens, removing his entire pancreas and spleen. The Arlington, Virginia, resident is now cancer-free and back to a busy lifestyle of work, sports and family time.

About Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Care

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 pancreatic disease. Pancreatic cancer, tumors and cysts are being treated with dramatic success at Johns Hopkins.

The first step when dealing with suspected pancreatic 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.

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

Learn more about the Skip Viragh Center for Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care and the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center.