According to the American Cancer Society, about 45,220 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 78. Early detection has the potential to find lesions that could be treated and possibly cured.
The High-risk Pancreas Clinic offers risk assessment, screening, genetic counseling and monitoring for those at moderate- or high-risk for pancreatic cancers. Since this type of cancer may occur without warning signs or symptoms, early screening and detection are important for the best possible result.
Patients with a personal or family history (at least one affected family member) or one of the genetic syndromes known to be associated with pancreatic cancer may benefit from screening. Learn about risk factors.
Pancreatic cancer screening is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Pancreas clinic services include:
Appointments and Staff
- Risk assessment – Assessments are completed by a surgical oncologist, gastroenterologist (specialist in digestive disorders) and genetic counselor. During the assessment, members of the team review personal and family history to determine the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer.
- Screening – The screening process includes endoscopic studies and radiology testing for early detection of pancreatic changes that might be cancerous or precancerous.
- Genetic counseling – After reviewing family and personal history, our genetic counselor will consider possible genetic syndromes that may be associated, and if indicated, offers genetic testing.
- Ongoing surveillance – A plan will be developed for regular monitoring.
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- Jilliane Sotelo, MS, LCGC