Pancreas Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The Pancreas Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Arizona provides fast patient access, rapid diagnosis and cutting-edge protocols for treatment of pancreatic diseases. Patients with cancer and other pancreatic conditions are seen by gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, and other specialists in a single location at one visit.

Services Provided

  • Multidisciplinary team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant pancreatic diseases, including pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cysts and pancreatitis
  • Advanced therapeutic endoscopy including endoscopic ultrasound with fine-needle biopsy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with pancreatic endotherapy
  • MRI, CT and positron-emission tomography (PET) scans with unique pancreas protocols
  • Cutting-edge treatment involving surgery, chemotheraphy and radiation therapy (external beam irradiation and intraoperative electron irradiation)
  • Experienced pancreatic surgeons skilled in laparoscopic as well as open surgery
  • Medical genetic analysis for patients with a family history of pancreatic cancer
  • Celiac plexus block, done either by interventional radiology or endoscopic ultrasound
  • Pancreatic Cancer Friends and Family Support Network conducts monthly education programs and question-and-answer sessions

The early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be one of the most difficult challenges faced by clinicians. Using the most advanced diagnostic tools, the Mayo team can make an accurate and timely diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Because of close collaboration with various leaders in the industry, the Mayo team is continually developing high-performance sequences for CT and MRI scanners, allowing implementation of unique and accurate diagnostic protocols.

Mayo Clinic's pancreatic surgeons are uniquely experienced in pancreatic surgery and are familiar with challenging cases. The team routinely conducts case conferences where optimal treatment for cancer and other pancreatic conditions such as pancreatic cysts and pancreatitis is discussed in a multidisciplinary forum. All of Mayo's pancreatic surgeons also perform liver transplantation and laparoscopic surgery.

Mayo Clinic in Arizona also has clinical and basic science research programs in pancreatology and collaborates with Arizona State University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Active protocols involve advanced pancreatic imaging techniques, the latest chemotherapeutic agents, the basic science of pancreatic hormone function, and early markers of pancreatic cancer. Through these programs, Mayo patients have access to the latest clinical trials and treatment options.