Healthcare: Gastroenterology & Digestive Health

Pancreatic Care

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Pancreas Clinic at Baylor Medicine

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The Pancreas Clinic at Baylor Medicine McNair Campus is dedicated to the medical management of patients with pancreatic disorders. The clinic philosophy is focused on a multidisciplinary approach for the management of pancreatic disorders with a deep emphasis on psychosocial and nutritional aspects of care. The Pancreas Clinic at McNair Campus and The Elkins Pancreas Center are recognized as a Pancreatitis Center of Excellence by the National Pancreas Foundation. 

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Who Do We Treat?

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The pancreas is an oblong flattened gland, about six inches long, located deep in the abdomen, sandwiched between the stomach and the spine.
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Our clinic welcomes any patients with:

  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Recurrent pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Abdominal pain of suspected pancreatic etiology
  • Fatty pancreas
  • Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency including cystic fibrosis
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Why We Are Different

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1. Our focus of practice is treating patients, not medical conditions; we integrate psychosocial aspects, healthy life style and patient counseling as essential elements of patient care.

2. Patients will have the opportunity to interact with seasoned physicians and staff who have dealt with and treated hundreds of patients with pancreatic disorders.

3. Patients will have the opportunity to participate in novel, well designed clinical trials pertaining to several pancreatic disorders such as chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and pancreatic cysts.

4. Patients will have the opportunity to share their experience with other patients with pancreatic disorders through meetings organized by the National Pancreas Foundation and the Alliance of Chronic Pancreatitis of South Texas.

5. We developed a specialized inpatient pancreaticobiliary service at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center to handle any urgent admission for patients with pancreatic diseases. The service is staffed daily with a pancreas specialist from the Baylor Medicine team.

6. Patients will have access to a multidisciplinary team of experts from various specialties including:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Pancreas surgery
  • Gastrointestinal pathology
  • Psychology with a focus on dealing with behavioral health issues of patients with pancreatitis
  • Nutritional specialist in pancreatic and gastrointestinal disorders
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Procedures We Offer

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Current Clinical Trials and Prospective Studies Offerings

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  • Prospective Evaluation of Chronic Pancreatitis for Epidemiologic and Translational Studies - PROCEED Study
  • Phase IIa trial evaluating the safety of intratumoral injection of nanopac in subjects with locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma
  • Phase I/IIa trial evaluating the safety of load703, an armed oncolytic adenovirus for pancreatic cancer (lokon001)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound-guided pancreatic cyst ablation with a monopolar radiofrequency ablation probe
  • Phase IIa trial evaluating the safety of intratumoral injection of nanopac in subjects with pancreatic cysts.
  • Effect of hypnotherapy on quality of life in patients with chronic pancreatitis
  • Early detection of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency in patients presenting with diarrhea
  • Establishment of a database of patients with pancreatic cystic lesions who underwent endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration
  • Establishment of a database of patients with chronic pancreatitis
  • Pancreas center tissue bank specimen collection
  • A pancreatic screening program database
  • EUS (Endoscopic Ultrasound) findings in patients with low fecal elastase
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Pancreatic Cancer

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Providing the best care for pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis patients.