Surgical Oncology News

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Advances in the Management of Hepatic and Pancreatic Malignancies

Author: Perry Shen, MD, FACS, and Clancy Clark, MD, OncLive
Apr 18, 2013

The only opportunity for cure for hepatic and pancreatic malignancies is surgical resection. Therefore, Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center has introduced a multidisciplinary, multifaceted approach to the surgical management of hepatic and pancreatic malignancies.

As a high-volume center for hepatobiliary and pancreatic procedures, Wake Forest Baptist Health provides a broad spectrum of services from dedicated specialists in hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) surgery, interventional radiology, advanced gastrointestinal endoscopy, radiation oncology, cytology/ pathology, and medical oncology. The care of hepatic and pancreatic cancer patients begins with a coordinated 1-day evaluation that includes surgical assessment, diagnostic imaging, laboratory studies, and diagnostic procedures, such as endoscopic ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration. Since 2003, a multidisciplinary HPB committee has then reviewed each case and a care plan has been developed based on the best available clinical evidence. A full spectrum of standard and investigational therapeutic interventions is available for patients of all stages and presentations, depending on specific patient comorbidities and previous treatments.

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