Treating Pancreatic Cancer
At Scott & White, You're Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
- Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart
As a pancreatic cancer patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team, you'll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.
Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary board consists of pancreatic cancer experts who discuss available approaches to care and formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This collaborative treatment planning helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.
Pancreatic cancer care is complex. It takes teamwork. And you’ve got a huge, multidisciplinary team assembled here — your Integrated Care Team — all working together to provide you the most advanced and most effective treatments available for your pancreatic cancer.
The best part for a patient who comes here — and I’ve heard this from many patients over and over — is that we work as a team. All patients get comprehensive care from each discipline — surgical oncology, medical oncology, gastroenterology, radiation oncology — that’s coordinated for the patient’s benefit.
The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:
- Colorectal surgery
- Surgical oncology
- Radiation oncology
- Medical oncology
- Interventional radiology
- Enterostomal therapy
- Oncology social work
- And any other specialties necessary to your care
Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You
Because our physicians understand the anxiety and fear that comes with a diagnosis of cancer, they’re here to listen, counsel and calm. They’ll compassionately provide you with the information and knowledge you need to make educated decisions regarding your treatment and care.
We assess all patients with a surgical opinion, a medical oncology opinion and a radiation oncology opinion. As a patient, we'll present you with the best treatment options for your stage of cancer so you can decide what's right for you.
Your Integrated Care Team will meet to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you'd like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.
Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.
Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.
Following active treatment, the cancer team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.
Your Treatment Options
At Scott & White, we explore every treatment option, considering surgical and nonsurgical alternatives. In many cases, your cancer treatment will include a combination of approaches. Treatment options include:
Factors That Impact Your Treatment Options
Your treatment options for pancreatic cancer generally depend on these factors:
- Size and location of tumor
- Whether your cancer has spread
- Your age
- Your overall health status
- Your personal preference
When I see patients, they do tend to have a lot of questions — a lot of unanswered questions at that point — and so the first appointment tends to be a fairly extensive appointment, at which time we talk about the disease, the disease process, what to expect, and what we can do to help them.