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Pancreatic Cancer

Maija Eerkes and Dr. Picozzi
Vincent Picozzi, MD, and patient Maija Eerkes advocating for pancreatic cancer research. Read Maija’s story »

There is no better place for pancreatic cancer care than Virginia Mason, in Seattle. Patients come from all over the world to receive care from our dedicated team of oncologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, nutritionists, social workers and nurses who work together to provide personalized, compassionate care from diagnosis through recovery.

To learn more, please contact our pancreatic cancer coordinator Hilary Turnberg, RN, at (206) 341-1652 or contact us online.

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Virginia Mason Joins National Effort to Transform Outcomes for Pancreatic Cancer Patients »
Frequently Asked Questions About Pancreatic Cancer »

Why should you choose Virginia Mason for Pancreatic Cancer?

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  • Prompt access to compassionate care: New patients often see a physician the same day they call, allowing therapy to begin almost immediately.

  • A multidisciplinary approach: Pancreatic cancer can be treated by surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. At other institutions, this could mean multiple visits to different locations. But Virginia Mason’s Pancreas Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic provides the opportunity for patients to be seen by many specialists in a single location, still in one visit.

  • Access to new therapies: Patients may join innovative and progressive research studies locally only at Virginia Mason, offering new hope to patients who have tried established treatments without success. Learn more about clinical research for pancreatic cancer.

  • Highly experienced team: According to the Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS), Virginia Mason has treated a significantly higher number of pancreas cancer patients compared to other high-volume medical institutions in Washington state. This vast amount of experience treating pancreas cancer allows patients to rely on Virginia Mason's pancreas cancer team for the highest quality of care.

  • A center for surgical excellence: Virginia Mason performs more pancreatic surgeries than any other location in the state of Washington and is one of the busiest centers in the entire country for this type of operation. Short- and long-term survival rates are higher at hospitals like Virginia Mason because the significant number of pancreatic surgeries helps surgeons and support staff develop an expertise unmatched by other institutions.


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The Pancreatic Center of Excellence, nationally recognized as an NPF Center by the National Pancreas Foundation, and directed by Vincent Picozzi, MD, and Shayan Irani, MD, aims to achieve the finest outcomes in the world for pancreas disease patients using the latest advances in treatment, research and a multidisciplinary team approach.


Cancer Resources:
Pancreatic Cancer Infosheet