Why choose Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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With an uncertain cancer diagnosis, Ning Chien sought answers at Mayo

Calling Ning Chien "active" would be an understatement. She enjoyed a healthy and busy life in Fremont, Calif., with her husband, Liang, and their son's and daughter's families nearby. Coming up on the calendar was a family trip to explore majestic Hawaii. But sudden sharp pain and an uncertain diagnosis of liver or pancreatic cancer [...]

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic treats close to 2,000 people each year for pancreatitis, including autoimmune pancreatitis.
  • Diagnosis leader. Mayo Clinic doctors have led efforts to establish diagnostic guidelines for autoimmune pancreatitis, to help distinguish the disease from pancreatic cancer and prevent people from undergoing unnecessary surgery. Mayo specialists are experts at endoscopic core needle biopsy, a procedure that allows them to obtain samples of pancreatic tissue for analysis without surgery.
  • Teamwork. An experienced team of specialists in pancreatic disease, including a gastroenterologist, endoscopist, pathologist and radiologist, works together with other specialists to provide accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment.
  • Active research. Mayo Clinic has played a major role in identifying and describing this newly recognized disorder and in evaluating treatments. Mayo researchers also identified a type of autoimmune pancreatitis that can develop in children as young as 12 years of age. You can benefit from new advances that Mayo is helping to discover.

Mayo Clinic: Answers you can trust

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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