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Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer Program at Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Nationally recognized, patient focused, life-giving options for patients with pancreatic cancer

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, there is hope and there are options for pancreatic cancer treatment at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Methodist Dallas is one of the nation’s highest volume, highest quality treatment locations, caring for more than 100 pancreatic cancer patients each year and performing approximately 120 pancreatic surgeries, including 60 Whipple procedures.

Accredited as a Center of Excellence by the National Pancreatic Foundation in Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatitis

Methodist Dallas Medical Center is the first hospital in the DFW to be accredited as a National Pancreas Foundation Center of Excellence for both pancreatic cancer and adult pancreatitis. To earn this distinction, the Pancreatic Cancer Program met strict criteria, including demonstrating a track record of positive outcomes to heal patients and help them lead a better quality of life after pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Robotic Whipple Procedure with the da Vinci® Surgical System

Methodist Dallas Medical Center was among the first hospitals in the country to offer advanced minimally invasive, fully robotic Whipple surgery, or pancreaticoduodenectomy.

The Whipple procedure – a common treatment for pancreatic cancer – involves the removal of the head of the pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct, part of the stomach, and small intestine. When performed with the aid of a robot, patients benefit from five small incisions rather than one large incision. This means less pain and faster healing, which enables patients to begin chemotherapy and radiation treatment more quickly.

Personalized patient care

Patients and their families stand at the core of all we do. We ensure positive patient experiences by assigning nurse navigators to help facilitate care among disciplines and aid in communication between healthcare providers and patients. Nurse navigators provide education and information about treatments, procedures, and self-care at the bedside and after release from the hospital, as well as serve as information resources to hospital nursing staff and others caring for the patients. MDI provides inpatient and outpatient nutrition consultations to help patients with their dietary needs, and support groups are available for patients with pancreatic cancer and surgery and other cancers.

Multidisciplinary team approach

The Pancreatic Cancer Program benefits from a multidisciplinary team approach. This serves to connect all the healthcare providers involved in a patient’s care. Nurse navigators follow patients throughout treatment to facilitate communication and guide them through the complex healthcare system.

Clinical research

Research helps doctors and other providers improve the quality and safety of the care they provide to their patients. It also enables patients’ to have access to high-quality and novel treatment options. The Pancreatic Program participates in this process by collecting and analyzing data on the progress of our patients in order to compare the effectiveness of different treatments for the same disease or condition, to evaluate different approaches to a procedure, or to see what factors influence patient experience. All patient information is blinded and aggregated to protect patient privacy.

Click the links below to view our published clinical research on pancreas cancer and surgery:

A Cross-Sectional Study of Stress and the Perceived Style of Decision-Making in Clinicians and Patients With Cancer

Analysis of 102 Fully Robotic Pancreaticoduodenectomies: Clinical and Financial Outcomes

Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy implementation and results in a predominantly gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumor population

Outcomes in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) undergoing robotic (RPD) or open pancreaticoduodenectomies (OPD): a propensity score-weighted survival analysis

Contact the Pancreatic Cancer Program at Methodist Dallas

For more information about pancreatic cancer treatment options and pancreatic cancer resources at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, call (214) 933-6601