• Please advise on best pancreatic cancer surgery centers

    Asked by Son123 on Monday, April 6, 2015

    Please advise on best pancreatic cancer surgery centers

    Hello all. My mother was recently diagnosed with Stage 1 pancreatic cancer. CT scans and biopsy revealed that it is localised and less than 2cm in diameter. Surgery is applicable. Before we give the go ahead, we would like to have your advice on the best surgeons in the country to remove affected cells. Thank you all and keep the faith!

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • ld_105's Avatar

      Check out US News and World reports cancer hospital rankings. I would think Johns Hopkins is near you? Also see the national cancer institute designated cancer centers.

      about 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      MSK is the number one best in the World and Johns is right there too..

      Cleveland clinic is where Steve Jobs went so I suspect they are way up there too..But DUKE is doing a number of trials talked about here on this blog as well

      about 7 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I heard Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville, Tennessee is very good. But my dad went there and his cancer had spread and they just had to close him back up. Sometimes, this happens.

      about 7 years ago
    • Son123's Avatar

      Thank you guys for the quick feedback. Will contact all of them immediately.

      about 7 years ago
    • gonewest's Avatar

      Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

      about 7 years ago
    • deSmile's Avatar

      Johns Hopkins is a leader in PC treatment and is near Silver Springs. It is important to consider the distance you are willing to travel for treatment as you will most likely be receiving some type of care for the rest of your life. Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York & MD Anderson in Houston are also excellent. Good luck.

      about 7 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      I worked with someone who had pancreatic cancer, and he just went to a good local hospital for treatment. He found his by accident, doing a scan for heart trouble, so he was early diagnosis as well. He had multiple surgeries, due to complications from the first surgery. But, I think they got everything.

      about 7 years ago
    • sandpiper's Avatar

      Dr Timothy Donahue at UCLA is one of the finest surgeons in the Country

      about 7 years ago
    • Lykestalaf's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010 when I was 48 year old. After my diagnosis, I struggled with the same dilemma you are. My local doctors recommended that I go to a larger facility for my treatment because they felt that I would benefit from a clinic that had more experience with pancreatic cancer.

      My decision came down to 3 places. M D Anderson in Dallas, TX, John Hopkins in Baltimore, MD and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I ended up choosing Mayo Clinic simply because it was closer to my home (so my family could drive there if necessary) and I had previously been there as a child. I was very happy with my decision.

      Keep in mind that clinics have different protocols on how to treat PC (pancreatic cancer) and that might make a difference to you. M D Anderson's normal protocol was to do chemo first (to shrink the tumor), THEN they would do surgery. Mayo Clinic did my surgery first, THEN did my chemo & radiation. I liked that approach as I wanted the cancer OUT!

      Like your mom, I was diagnosed early (Stage I) and fortunately it was operable. I was a candidate for laproscopic surgery and a Pyloric Preserving Whipple Procedure (that means they didn't have to remove any of my stomach). I was thankful for that. Recovery with laproscopic surgery is much faster. My surgeon was Michael Kendrick and he did a fabulous job. I will be forever thankful for his knowledge, skill & expertise.

      After my surgery, Mayo Clinic helped me make arrangements to do my chemo at a cancer center very close to my home. My local cancer center followed Mayo Clinic's instructions and one of the local oncologists followed my case. If my oncologist had questions, she was refer to Mayo Clinic and it worked very well.

      I am very happy that I handled my situation like this. Most of these large clinics are gaining experience and knowledge in the area of PC so choosing one will make less difference in today's world then it would have 10 years ago. Most large clinics are having wonderful results with treatments - especially in cases that are diagnosed early.

      I wish you comfort in your decision. If you have any other questions throughout your mom's journey, please don't hesitate to ask. There are many wonderful people on this site willing to offer help from their experiences in any way they can.

      about 7 years ago
    • Son123's Avatar

      Thank you all so much for your help and willingness to guide us through full recovery. May God bless you all and your loved ones.

      about 7 years ago
    • deSmile's Avatar

      How are things going? if you chose Hopkins keep us posted as we have been going there for close to 2 years and can provide lots of information.
      Keep the faith!

      about 7 years ago
    • gc1952's Avatar

      Dr. Kevin Behrns performed my Whipple Procedure in September 2011 at Shands Hospital which is part of the College of Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Robert Zlotecki coordinated my radiation treatment there for 6 weeks and I stayed at the Hope Lodge Mondays-Fridays, returning home on weekends. My chemo was administered in my hometown of Tallahassee but prescribed by my UF oncologist Dr. Carmen Allegra. (You can read about all of these physicians online.) Shands provided me with excellent care at a facility with the best of modern medicine, cutting-edge technology, advanced research, and compassionate professionals. They told me they were going to cure me of Ampullary cancer, and I believe they did! I'm on annual surveillance with them now. I was fortunate to have Shands so close to home. Best wishes in your search.

      about 7 years ago

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