At UCLA, patients with pancreatic cancer are treated through the Pancreatic Cancer Program, a part of the UCLA Center for Pancreatic Diseases.
The center combines the expertise of physicians from surgery, gastroenterology, radiology, medical oncology and pathology who are specialized in pancreatic diseases. Together, the Center's specialists review each patient’s condition as well as prior and current test results to plan a thorough and thoughtful course of treatment.
There are two conferences held each week at which each patient is discussed before, during and after their treatment. Physicians from each specialty are present along with the nurse coordinators and representatives from other centers at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Each patient is closely followed, and an extensive data base allows ongoing assessment of treatment efficacy.
The Center's surgeons all perform a high volume of pancreatic operations per year and are experts in advanced laparosopy. The Center's gastroenterologists are specially trained in hepatobiliary endoscopy, including endoscopic ultrasound. There are clinical nurse coordinators who help to facilitate patient care. Patients have access to all of the resources at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
As a result of our approach, our patients experience superb outcomes. Our morbidity and mortality rates are exceedingly low, and our patients with cancer achieve excellent survival rates.
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