The Swedish Cancer Institute offers patients with pancreatic cancer the expertise of highly trained physicians and other cancer specialists, complemented by an integrated approach to care, leading-edge imaging and diagnostic techniques, state-of-the-art treatment options and a wide selection of quality support services.
Swedish offers the most effective surgical techniques to treat cancer of the pancreas and other gastrointestinal cancers, such as cancers of the colon and liver.
Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that begins in the cells that line the glands and ducts within the pancreas and accounts for 90 percent of pancreatic cancers, though other types of cancer, including islet cell neoplasms, also originate in the pancreas. To determine the best treatment options available for pancreatic cancer, it is important to first determine where in the body – the liver, bile ducts, etc. – the cancer may have spread. Learn more about pancreatic cancer.
Individualized treatment plan may include a combination of the following treatments:
Research and clinical trials
If your physician believes you are a good candidate to participate in a clinical trial evaluating a new treatment or more effective combinations of treatments — and you agree — you will have access to the very latest in research treatments.
At any given time, the Swedish Cancer Institute offers patients more than 140 clinical-research studies involving most types of cancers. Additionally, our physician specialists collaborate with other regional and national research groups, including Southwest Oncology Group, National Cancer Institute, Puget Sound Oncology Consortium and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Education and support for patients and families
Beyond physical health, the Swedish Cancer Institute is committed to the emotional well-being of our patients and their families. We offer:
- Individual and family counseling, and support groups
- An on-site education center
- A full array of complementary therapies
- A dedicated cancer rehabilitation program
- Specialized nutrition care for those fighting cancer
Complementary therapies include:
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