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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.

Neuroendocrine Tumor | Betsy’s Story

Betsy Clark was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine cancer in her pancreas and received treatment at Johns Hopkins. Every six months, she boards a plane in Michigan bound for Baltimore for her follow-up visits with her care team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, including pancreas surgeon Christopher Wolfgang. Betsy tells her story about her diagnosis, treatment—including a Whipple procedure and subsequent total pancreatectomy—and how she takes one day at a time.

Wonda White Pancreatic Cancer Patient Story

Pancreatic Cancer | Wonda's Story

Wonda White traveled from Florida to Baltimore for treatment of her pancreatic cancer. "The time and dedication that Dr. He and his whole team showed…it was just amazing. We were able to come to Johns Hopkins and seek the best," said White. Read more about her story.


Educational Videos

Minimally Invasive Surgery Options for Liver Cancer | Q&A with Dr. Jin He

Johns Hopkins surgical oncologist Jin He discusses when surgery is an appropriate treatment for liver cancer, the minimally invasive surgical options offered, who is an ideal candidate for minimally invasive liver surgery and the importance of being treated at a comprehensive cancer program.

The Whipple Procedure

The type of operation performed for removal of pancreatic cancer is based on the location of the tumor. For tumors of the head and neck of the pancreas a Whipple procedure, (also called a pancreaticoduodenectomy) is performed. This is a complex operation perfected at Johns Hopkins. This video will explain the surgery and what patients can expect.

Pancreatic Auto Islet Transplantation with Total Pancreatectomy

Animation explaining the pancreatic auto islet transplantation process with complete removal of the pancreas to treat pancreatitis.

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