Pancreatic Diseases

Diseases of the pancreas can range from benign conditions like pancreatitis and cysts to cancer of the pancreas—one of the most aggressive and challenging cancers to treat. Pancreatic diseases are best treated by a team of experts from different disciplines who combine their skills and knowledge of the latest medical and surgical therapies to relieve your symptoms, restore your quality of life, and whenever possible to achieve a cure. People come from all over the world to the Pancreas Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Pancreas Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for unsurpassed care of all types of pancreatic diseases.

A Team of Experts

NewYork-Presbyterian’s pancreatic care programs features some of the best practitioners from every medical discipline. Gastroenterologists, medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, interventional endoscopists, radiologists, pathologists, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors, and social workers collaborate to diagnose, treat, monitor, and prevent pancreatic diseases and to support our patients. Each discipline ensures that patients get the tailored care they need.

Part of a World-Renowned Medical Center

As part of a large institution with a track record of excellence in research and patient care, we are able to maintain our position at the forefront of pancreatic care using the latest imaging applications, surgical techniques, risk assessment, genetics, screening, and early detection approaches. Should you have a healthcare need that requires a specialist other than a pancreatic expert, we can link you with the doctor you need to provide that care, too—all in one medical center.

What We Treat

We care for patients with the full range of cancerous and noncancerous pancreatic diseases, including:

  • Pancreatic cancers (adenocarcinomas)
  • Pancreatic neuroendocrine/islet cell cancers and other rare tumors
  • Acute and chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Pancreatic cysts and pseudocysts
  • Pancreatic collections

Advanced Diagnostic Techniques and treatments

The diagnosis of pancreatic disorders can be as intricate as their treatment. NewYork-Presbyterian’s physicians use the following approaches to visualize—and in some cases treat—disorders of the pancreas and make an accurate a diagnosis as early as possible:

  • 3D computed tomography (CT) angiography to stage pancreatic cancer
  • High-resolution CT
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with MRCP
  • MRI or MRCP with secretin
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with fine-needle aspiration
  • EUS-guided ERCP
  • Pancreatoscopy
  • Pancreatic function testing
  • Positron emission tomography to stage pancreatic cancer
  • Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography
  • Pancreatic ablation with different modalities

Relieving Your Pain and Discomfort

We understand that many pancreatic diseases can cause symptoms that interfere with your ability to eat and to enjoy your usual activities, and can sometimes be debilitating. Your comfort is a priority for us. Our pain management teams and endoscopists offer a variety of approaches to relieve pressure and pain and restore your ability to eat. Such techniques include:

  • Celiac plexus neurolysis (local anesthesia of the celiac plexus nerves in the abdomen to relieve severe pain)
  • Destruction of diseased tissue using laser or radiofrequency ablation
  • Implanted spinal pump to relieve pain
  • Insertion of a feeding tube
  • Insertion of stent into a collection to aid drainage
  • Insertion of a stent in a blocked bile or pancreatic duct to remove an obstruction, allow drainage, and restore function
  • Oral pain medications

Clinical Trials

As part of a major academic medical center, we conduct clinical trials of promising new therapies. Your doctor will let you know if you are eligible to participate in a clinical trial of an innovative treatment.

Contact

Digestive and Liver Diseases
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

212-305-1909

Center for Advanced Digestive Care
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

877-902-2232