Pancreatic Cancer Doctors Videos
Dr. Sunil Hingorani
Dr. Sunil Hingorani runs a translational research program dedicated to uncovering mechanisms of pancreas cancer formation and developing new early detection and treatment strategies. In this video, Dr. Hingorani discusses his motivation for researching pancreas cancer as well as some of the challenges pancreas cancer presents. Pancreas cancer has a tendency to spread early in the course of progression. The result is complications that tend to happen more often than in other types of cancer. Optimal treatment for pancreas cancer involves multiple types of therapies and specialties. SCCA brings the patient and all the specialists into one room at the same time to develop a comprehensive care plan. The SCCA is currently developing new kinds of therapies for cancers that are resistant to existing therapies. At the SCCA, we don?t just treat a disease, we treat people.
Dr. Venu Pillarisetty
Dr. Venu Pillarisetty is a surgical oncologist who cares for patients with pancreas cancer and other gastrointestinal malignancies. In this video Dr. Pillarisetty describes the advances that are happening in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Currently, pancreatic cancer is the disease that has the least successful treatment and the most potential for improvement through research. Pancreatic cancer cells behave very differently than other cancer cells and have a high probability of spreading to the liver, lung and inside the abdomen. For the first time in years, pancreatic cancer treatment is improving with new advances in chemotherapy, immunotherapy and surgical techniques. At SCCA we are pushing new advancements on each of these fronts.
Dr. James Park
Dr. James Park is a surgical oncologist at the University of Washington Medical Center who works with the pancreas cancer care team at SCCA and the liver tumor clinic at UW Medical Center. In this video, Dr. Park describes what he sees as the two components of the Pancreatic Cancer Specialty Clinic at SCCA. The first is the multi-disciplinary clinic that is run by the collaborative effort of the medical, radiation and surgical oncologists. The second component is where we bring together researchers, physician scientists and those working on translational scientific projects together to try to develop a cure for pancreas cancer. Traditional treatment plans will not produce better outcomes until we can develop better treatment modalities through research. With each case we treat we learn more about this disease which we hope will lead to cures for pancreas cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer Treatments Videos
Dr. Andrew Coveler at ASCO 2014
Dr. Coveler discusses the results of a Phase II trial focusing on multi-agent chemotherapy with radiation pre- and post-surgery for pancreatic cancer treatment.
Dr. Gabriela Chiorean Reports from ASCO 2013
Dr. Gabriela Chiorean, a GI medical oncologist, talks with Patient Power about two new therapies for pancreatic cancer patients. The first, a new combination therapy, abraxane plus gemcitabine, is now considered the gold standard for treating patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. The second is a promising vaccine for pancreatic cancer, called HyperAcute Pancreas, that is aimed at early stage pancreatic cancer patients.
Dr. Sunil Hingorani Reports from ASCO 2013
Dr. Sunil Hingorani, a leader in pancreatic cancer research, explains the unique challenges in treating the disease. He shares the results of a Phase I trial that used PEGPH20 in combination with chemotherapy for patients with pancreas cancer. Dr. Hingorani described the trial as a new way to understand why the tumor is resistant to therapy and was encouraged by the initial results.
Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer
Minimally invasive surgery offers promise for pancreatic cancer patients. Dr. Venu Pillarisetty, Surgical Oncologist at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, discusses the whipple procedure, which offers the best hope for a cure. Surgery is typically combined with chemotherapy and radiation therapy due to the high recurrence rate. Dr. Pillarisetty explains his laparoscopic or minimally invasive approach to surgery and the impact on recovery and pain management.