Pancreatic Cancer Care Team

Patients come from across the nation to see Virginia Mason’s experts in pancreatic cancer treatment. Our doctors, nurses and other team members work together to develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to you. Our experts include:

Oncologists

Medical oncology is the foundation of pancreatic cancer treatments. Our world-renowned oncology team has built Virginia Mason’s pancreatic cancer program into a world leader. Their approach starts with the belief that every patient with pancreatic cancer has hope.

Nurses

Our nurses have more than 100 years of combined experience helping patients with pancreatic cancer. Your care starts with Hilary Turnberg, RN, who will help you schedule appointments and navigate your treatment at every step.

Gastroenterologists

Our gastroenterologists use minimally invasive techniques to evaluate pancreatic cancer, deliver treatments and relieve painful symptoms. We are experts in endoscopy, a non-surgical approach that uses tiny instruments to take images of your cancer, remove tissue samples and carry treatment to tumors. We also use endoscopy to relieve pain by blocking nerves connected to the pancreas.

Surgeons

Virginia Mason’s surgeons have performed hundreds of surgeries on patients with pancreatic cancer and have developed new ways to apply surgery to the disease. We can operate on complex cases that other hospitals might consider inoperable.

Radiation Oncologists

Our radiation oncologists have seen hundreds of patients with pancreatic cancer. This experience helps us determine which radiation technique will be most effective for you, and often helps us shrink tumors so patients can become eligible for surgery.

Radiologists

Virginia Mason’s radiologists use the latest technologies to diagnose, evaluate and monitor pancreatic cancer, including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET). Our radiologists’ experience helps them know what to look for and explain what they see. This gives our team the information they need to plan your treatment, and to adapt as your body responds.

Pathologists

Our pathologists are highly specialized, having completed fellowships in pancreatic cancer at Harvard University. They use the latest diagnostic tests, including molecular tests that pinpoint the gene mutations that drive your cancer.

Social workers

All of our patients have access to social workers who help you navigate the emotional, logistical and financial issues that accompany cancer treatment.

Kelly Christensen. MSW
Kelly Christensen, MSW
Stacy Marini, MSW
Stacy Marini, MSW

Nutritionist

Virginia Mason is one of just four institutions that have a nutritionist who specializes in pancreatic cancer. This means we can design a diet that helps you stay as strong as possible during treatment.

Make an appointment

To make an appointment or for more information, please call (206) 341-1652.