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By Mayo Clinic Staff


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Adventures of a 31-year-old Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

Dorylee Baez lives fearlessly. Whether flying down a zip line or organizing a pancreatic cancer patient group in Puerto Rico, she plunges into life with zest. The 31-year-old academic advisor at Universidad del Este in Carolina, Puerto Rico, is known as someone who is tenacious, overcoming whatever obstacles get in her way to achieve and [...]

  • Teamwork. Mayo Clinic doctors from many medical specialties work together to provide you with the best care possible, tailored to your needs.

    At the pancreas clinics in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, your team may include specialists in gastroenterology, radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, nutrition and other areas if needed.

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating pancreatic cancer. Mayo Clinic doctors care for about 1,900 people with pancreatic cancer each year. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 45,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer annually.
  • Latest diagnostic tools. Pancreatic cancer can be very difficult to distinguish from another relatively uncommon disease called autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP).

    AIP is a noncancerous (benign) condition that can be treated with steroids without the need for surgery, if diagnosed early enough. The Pancreas Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is a leader in developing diagnostic criteria for AIP.

    Mayo Clinic doctors perform core biopsies of the pancreas that conclusively diagnose both pancreatic cancer and AIP.

  • Latest treatment options. Mayo Clinic doctors have access to the latest treatment innovations. Mayo Clinic surgeons were among the first in the U.S. to perform a Whipple procedure through a series of small incisions in the abdominal wall (laparoscopically), and they continue to perform this procedure today.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Nov. 22, 2014