If you've recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you are probably facing a lot of questions, fears and emotions. The cancer specialists at Miami Cancer Institute are here to work closely with you to help develop a personalized care plan that involves cutting-edge treatments and compassionate care.
Your pancreatic cancer care team at Miami Cancer Institute is part an integrated, multidisciplinary practice where specialists can collaborate and provide comprehensive care, all under one roof. The skilled gastrointestinal oncologists at Miami Cancer Institute also have access to a range of innovative technologies to diagnose and treat your specific cancer, with the goal of creating a personalized plan that targets the disease. Miami Cancer Institute's Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Zinner, M.D., is a world-renowned cancer surgeon and researcher who specializes in treating pancreatic cancer.
We are dedicated to caring for the whole patient throughout the cancer journey; from diagnosis, to treatment, to post-cancer life. Each individualized cancer care plan includes innovative treatments as well as services to address your whole journey as a patient, including nutritional advice, physical therapy and pain management services. Not only do we strive to find the treatment that is right for your cancer, we also want to develop the treatment that is right for you as a patient.
What is pancreatic cancer?
Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the pancreas.
The pancreas is a gland in the abdomen located between the stomach and intestines. It is made up of two kinds of cells: exocrine cells and endocrine cells. Exocrine cells, which make up the majority of the pancreas, produce enzymes that help the body digest food. Endocrine cells make hormones – including insulin – that control blood sugar levels.
In some cases, pancreatic cysts may be found in the pancreas. These are usually noncancerous (benign), but they can sometimes be precancerous and develop into cancer later. If your doctor suspects you have pancreatic cysts, he or she will test to see what type of cyst it is and may recommend a surveillance program to monitor them for growth.