Our collaborative team of scientists, physicians and allied health workers specialize in translating science learned in the laboratory into exceptional clinical care. Our center is a world leader in the diagnosis and management of pancreatic cancer, leading all institutions in novel therapies, innovative clinical trials and in training the next generation of pancreatic cancer experts.
Our internationally recognized program has the world's leading experts. Everything that can be done for pancreatic Cancer happens at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
Our experts are uniquely positioned to make progress against pancreatic cancer because much of the science that inspired advances unfold here.
Clinical trials are how cancer science becomes cancer medicine. Our experts excel at this type of bench-to-bedside discovery, and it is what ensures continued progress against cancer.
For the latest news on pancreatic cancer treatment and research discoveries, read our news magazine Pancreatic Cancer Matters.
Pancreatic Cancer Prevention | Lana's Story
Lana Brandt had a strong family history of pancreatic cancer. After experiencing several bouts of pancreatitis, she learned that she carried a genetic mutation that increased her risk of pancreatic cancer. As a means of pancreatic cancer prevention, experts at Johns Hopkins removed her pancreas and spleen using a minimally invasive technique. They then performed an autoislet cell transplant to help her body continue to produce insulin after surgery.
Latest Advancements in Pancreatic Cancer Treatments
Treatment options may feel limited when it comes to pancreatic cancer. Join Johns Hopkins pancreatic cancer experts Dr. Jin He and Dr. Lei Zheng during a live interactive webinar as they discuss the latest approaches in robotic and minimally invasive surgical techniques, surgical options for metastatic disease, new clinical trials, immunotherapy, and options for unresectable tumors. Presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has locations in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Our appointment specialists will answer your questions, collect the necessary information required for pre-registering, and schedule an appointment. Please understand that we are not able to offer medical advice over the telephone or through the internet or mail.
Making An AppointmentInformation Needed When Making An Appointment
- Name of the institution where the tissue sample was tested
- Institution’s phone and fax number
- First and last name of doctor that performed biopsy, their contact information and specialty
- Date, name and phone number of institution where surgical intervention was performed
- First and last name of physician, contact information and specialty of the provider that performed surgical intervention.
- Institution(s) where the testing was performed and what was done
- Approximate beginning and end date of treatment
- How much was given
- Name and contact information for the provider that gave treatment
- Names of the drugs given
- Name and contact information for the provider that gave treatment and the approximate date
Our Multidisciplinary Approach
The Skip Viragh Center for Pancreas Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care is the model for multispecialty care, as one of the first to bring all the experts together to offer newly diagnosed patients a comprehensive consultation involving all the specialists contributing to the treatment and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Patients and experts partner to come up with the best treatment approach. The ultimate goal is to seamlessly incorporate all elements of pancreatic cancer care, from detection through therapy.
In a single day’s visit patients with all types of pancreatic cancer—from the earliest stages to the most advanced Stage IV cancers—receive a comprehensive evaluation, involving all the resources available for the education, diagnosis, treatment and research of pancreatic cancer. Whether are patients traveling from around the corner, across the country or around the world, our team ensures the best and most advanced care, but also the most efficient care.
For some, treatments are based on molecular markers from the onset. Other patients may receive standard of care, and if the treatment stops working or the cancer comes back, we can use molecular testing, imaging and all available tools to devise a new approach. In some cases, we’re making inoperable cancers operable.
Multidisciplinary ClinicWhat 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 begins 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 specifically chosen to suit your needs, our expert panel conducts an extensive review of your case. All of our experts are available for you to see; 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.
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.
We ask that patients plan their travels after 5 p.m. on the day of their visit.