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When treating a complex condition like pancreatic cancer, we believe the best outcomes will result from a multidisciplinary approach to your care. At Fox Chase Cancer Center, our pancreatic cancer team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists and radiologists work together closely to assess your cancer and help you understand your options, so you and your loved ones can make informed decisions about your treatment.
When you contact Fox Chase, you will be connected with a nurse navigator. The nurse navigator will match you with the right specialists and help you see as many members of your treatment team as possible in one day. Together, your care team weighs in on your case, creates a tailored plan, and meets weekly to discuss your progress during treatment.
Once we have determined where the cancer is located in relation to major blood vessels and whether it has spread beyond the pancreas, we will recommend a personalized treatment plan, which may include clinical trial options to consider. Fox Chase physicians are actively involved in developing many new therapies for pancreatic cancer.
Our team meets regularly to review each patient’s case and treatment progress. We strive to treat your condition in the least invasive way possible with innovative surgical techniques and combination therapies that give you the best chance of a successful outcome.
“The key factor in choosing Fox Chase Cancer Center for pancreatic cancer is the focus on more than one modality of therapy and the multidisciplinary approach. Combining chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to fight this disease has proven to be much more successful than one therapy alone.”
— Sanjay Reddy, MD, FACS, Department of Surgical Oncology and co-chairman of The Marvin and Concetta Greenberg Pancreatic Cancer Institute at Fox Chase
Fox Chase physicians embrace a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. This means patients see a surgical oncologist, a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist to make decisions about their treatment plan. The course of treatment will be guided by where and how the tumor is situated:
Depending on your unique circumstances, your treatment for pancreatic cancer at Fox Chase will include one or more of the following methods:
Many patients with pancreatic cancer will undergo more than one treatment. You may hear your physicians use certain terms to refer to those treatments and when they are administered. Following is an explanation of those common terms:
“We start the process of the personalized treatment plan by getting to know the patient in terms of their cancer, but also their medical history more globally, as well as the approach they are comfortable with and how they want to be treated. In all our patients, no matter their condition, we are constantly trying to move the needle to decrease their symptoms, improve their outcomes, and enhance their quality of life.”
— Joshua Meyer, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology and pancreatic cancer specialist