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By Mayo Clinic Staff

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Successful Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer Inspires Richard Carvajal to Reach Out

In August 2014, Richard Carvajal, then 43, was in the best shape of his life. He was excited as he left his home in Bainbridge, Georgia, to compete in his first Olympic-distance triathlon. But as he drove across Alabama on his way to the race site, he started feeling sharp abdominal pain. ?It kept getting [...]

  • Collaboration. At Mayo Clinic, surgeons form a multidisciplinary team with gastroenterologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and experts from the Pancreas Clinic to provide whole-person care for people considering the Whipple procedure.
  • Experience. Mayo Clinic surgeons have extensive experience with this complex operation. Each year, Mayo Clinic surgeons perform approximately 150 Whipple procedures.
  • Expertise. The Whipple procedure is a complex operation that requires highly skilled and extensively trained surgeons. Mayo Clinic surgeons are specially trained in order to provide you with the best care.
  • Access to the latest. Mayo Clinic is a leader in advancements of the Whipple procedure to improve recovery, quality of life and cancer outcomes. Mayo Clinic is a leader in the minimally invasive (laparoscopic) approach to the Whipple procedure and is one of the few medical centers offering the laparoscopic approach.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to 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.

July 21, 2015