Expertise and rankings

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.

Innovation and research

Mayo Clinic researchers conduct studies and clinical trials to improve Whipple procedures and other approaches to pancreatic cancer. Mayo Clinic is a leader in the minimally invasive (laparoscopic) approach to the Whipple procedure and is one of the few medical centers offering it.

The frequent collaboration between Mayo's researchers, oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and others generates a full spectrum of research projects. For example, they study the benefits of combining PET and MRI radiologic imaging techniques to help surgeons predict which patients are responding to chemotherapy and therefore might significantly benefit from surgery.

Using large national data sets, investigators are learning about how best to sequence therapy for people with cancer in order to get the best long-term survival. They are also working on decreasing complications in older adults undergoing Whipple procedures and determining how to treat rare pancreatic tumors.

At Mayo Clinic, you may have access to clinical trials, research and new approaches to treatment.

Nationally recognized expertise

The Whipple procedure is a complex operation that requires highly skilled and extensively trained surgeons with specific expertise and understanding of the cancers and diseases that affect the pancreas. Mayo Clinic surgeons are specially trained to provide you with the best care, and they perform over 450 Whipple procedures and related surgeries each year. Mayo Clinic's operating mortality rates are among the lowest in the country.

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.