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Pancreatic Cancer


Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center experts at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., have vast expertise in managing all types of pancreatic cancers. Part of the Skip Viragh Center for Pancreatic Cancer, our specialists work for a prominent center in the diagnosis and management of pancreatic cancer, leading other institutions in novel therapies, innovative clinical trials and training the next generation of pancreatic cancer experts.


Our Multidisciplinary Approach

Our fellowship-trained medical and radiation oncologists, and surgeons, as well as nurses, radiologists, gastroenterologists and other caregivers, work together to support each patient’s experience. New patients can meet with several specialists during a weekly multidisciplinary clinic, one of the first models of its type to bring all experts together to offer newly diagnosed patients a comprehensive consultation. Our experts also participate in tumor board conferences to discuss patient cases with additional experts at our East Baltimore campus. Each patient participates in forming an individualized care plan that maximizes the opportunity for a successful outcome. Patients also have access to innovative clinical trials.


Meet Dr. Michael Pishvaian

Michael Pishvaian, MD

Michael Pishvaian, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of gastrointestinal, developmental therapeutics and clinical research programs for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in the Washington, D.C., area.


Novel Treatment Options

Our pancreatic cancer experts offer a range of treatment options, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, as well as immunotherapy and novel treatments through clinical trials. Pain management and nutrition counseling also are available for pancreatic cancer patients.

Patients can receive nearly all of their care at locations within the greater Washington region.

Kelly Lafaro, M.D., M.P.H.

Meet surgical oncologist Kelly Lafaro, M.D., M.P.H. as she discusses her role as a surgical oncologist, her research and clinical expertise.


Groundbreaking Research

Pioneering pancreatic cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center includes refinements to the Whipple procedure, a complex pancreatic cancer surgery; and the first blueprint for pancreatic cancer that maps all the mutations in known human genes linked to cancer.

Johns Hopkins’ pancreatic cancer researchers have long been working toward new therapies. One in development is a pancreatic cancer vaccine. More recent trials have combined the vaccine with a drug targeting a protein on the surface of pancreas tumor cells. Other work aims to create vaccines tailored to the unique molecular characteristics of each patient’s cancer.


Other Links

  • Listen to radiation oncologist Amol Narang, M.D., discuss how he and his colleagues address the challenges of treating pancreatic cancer.
  • Listen to oncologist Lei Zheng, M.D., Ph.D., of the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy discuss his research into how the immune system can be used to respond to pancreatic cancer.
  • Listen to Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D., deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, discuss progress being made in the use of immune therapy to treat pancreatic cancer.
  • Read about our new Precision Medicine Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer.

Locations in the D.C. Region

Patients can receive all of their care at locations within the greater Washington region.

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