Treating Pancreatic Cancer

Virginia Mason uses state-of-the-art treatments to give hope to patients with all types of pancreatic cancer. Our treatments include: 

Endoscopic Procedures

Endoscopy uses instruments or cameras that are attached to thin plastic tubes, and can be guided through the body without surgery or a major incision. Our gastroenterologists are experts at using this minimally invasive technique to capture images of your cancer, take tissue samples and carry treatment to tumors. We also use endoscopy to insert stents and relieve pain by blocking nerves connected to the pancreas.


We perform surgeries to remove pancreatic cancer or help patients’ bodies cope with the disease. These surgeries include the Whipple procedure, which typically removes part of the pancreas, small intestine and stomach. Patients who have the Whipple procedure or other common pancreatic cancer surgeries  at Virginia Mason can be confident they will have the best outcomes possible.

If you’re scheduled to have an operation on your pancreas, our guide to pancreas surgery will answer many of your questions.

Chemotherapy and Radiation

Chemotherapy and radiation are often used before and after surgeries, and may be used on their own if surgery isn’t an option. Virginia Mason uses the latest chemotherapy drugs and radiation techniques, and develops treatment plans that are tailored to each patient.

Experimental Therapies and Clinical Trials

We participate in clinical trials of promising new therapies for every type of pancreatic cancer, at every phase and stage. These trials give our patients access to immunotherapies and other innovative treatments. Our doctors can match you with the right studies. Learn more about pancreatic cancer clinical trials >>

Make an  Appointment

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