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Pancreatic Cancer Program

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At Rush, we understand that every pancreatic cancer is unique — and that every person we treat needs a care plan designed for their distinct needs. Here, you’ll find a care team that will guide, support and listen to you through every step of your care.

As one of the leading academic health systems in the country, Rush offers the most advanced treatments for pancreatic cancer – including surgery, chemotherapies, radiation therapies, immunotherapies and innovative clinical trials.

The Rush approach to pancreatic cancer care

Rush takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating pancreatic cancer. Your care team is dedicated to caring for the whole person by providing the following:

  • Comprehensive — and well-coordinated — medical and surgical care
  • Social and emotional support
  • Pain management services
  • Nutritional support
  • Genetic counseling
  • Tumor molecular profiling

Excellence in Pancreatic Cancer Care

A designated center of excellence

Rush is a designated National Pancreas Foundation Center of Excellence. This designation recognizes Rush's multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic cancer, treating the whole patient with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life. Rush is the first health system in Illinois to earn this designation.

Advanced diagnostics

Experts at Rush specialize in staging studies, including axial imaging and diagnostic modalities including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to diagnose pancreatic cancer to help provide stage appropriate therapies to each patient.

Expert surgical care

Surgery is typically the best option for long-term survival for pancreatic cancer. Rush’s surgeons are among the most experienced in the nation, performing complex pancreas surgery including robotic surgeries.

Clinical trials

At Rush, you may have access to clinical trials that are looking at novel ways to treat pancreatic cancer.

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