Pancreatic Cancer

Linda Jin, MD, a general surgery resident, and William Hawkins, MD, a professor of surgery, both at Washington University School... Linda Jin, MD, a general surgery resident, and William Hawkins, MD, a professor of surgery, both at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, work in the lab. Hawkins is principal investigator of a $10.4 million grant aimed at developing new treatments for pancreatic cancer.

Patients who come to the Siteman Cancer Center for treatment of pancreatic cancer are seen by a team of Washington University Physicians — surgical, medical and radiation oncologists — often during the same visit. The treatment team is supported by nutritionists and psychologists. 

Types of treatment used for pancreatic cancer depend on the type of cancer, its malignancy, the stage at which it is diagnosed, whether the cancer has spread outside the pancreas, the patient’s age, and overall health.

Siteman cancer physicians are actively involved in clinical trials that investigate new chemotherapy regimens, and other approaches to cure. Having your cancer treated at Siteman gives you access to new therapies that are as good as – or potentially better than – current standard therapies available elsewhere.

Our approach

Patients who come to the Siteman Cancer Center for treatment of pancreatic cancer are seen by a team of Washington University Physicians — surgical, medical and radiation oncologists — often during the same visit.

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Symptoms, risk and diagnosis

There may be no signs or symptoms in the early stages. As the tumor grows, an individual may experience some symtoms.

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Treatments

At Siteman, each cancer has a wide range of treatments that can be used alone or in combination to give the best outcome for your specific cancer.

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