Digestive Diseases

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 to relive your symptoms, restore your quality of life, and whenever possible to achieve a cure. 

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 Queens' 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 teams 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