Prevention and Management of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is one of the leading GI tract cancers. When it comes to pancreatic cancer, Center for Digestive Diseases provides comprehensive care and advanced solutions. If you diagnose it early, when there are no symptoms, then it is usually curable. The new modality, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), helps diagnose the early stages. We use EUS technology to examine the pancreas, biopsy the pancreatic lesion (cancer), guide pseudocyst drainage, medicinal injections and painkilling treatments, especially in chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Common indications for EUS include:

  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Pancreatic cancer staging
  • Pancreatic cysts and pseudocysts, including aspiration and drainage
  • Chronic pancreatitis, especially the early stages
  • Gallbladder stones, sludge and polyps
  • Gallbladder inflammation and cancer
  • Bile ducts stones and sludge
  • Rectal cancer staging
  • Esophageal and stomach cancer staging
  • Liver lesions

The “Gold Standard” for Early Pancreatic Cancer Detection

Once diagnosed, patients can begin treatment immediately thanks to EUS, which has both diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities. EUS is an outpatient procedure that minimizes patient anxiety and helps patients avoid hospitalization for exploratory surgery or other invasive procedures. It also helps patients avoid the repeated exposure to radiation of CT scans for patients who have a family history of pancreatic cancer. If we find a tumor while it is still small, we can often resect it before the cancer spreads, thus providing a cure. For patients undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, EUS can be used to guide injection of anti-tumor agents directly into the lesion.

If you have questions about early detection and prevention of pancreatic cancer, call 908-688-6565 or use our Request an Appointment form.

Office Locations

Main Office

695 Chestnut Street
Union, NJ 07083
Call: 908-688-6565
Fax: 908-688-3161

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Livingston Office

200 South Orange Avenue
Suite 128
Livingston, NJ 07039
Call: 973-322-7755
Fax: 973-322-7764

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Millburn Office

116 Millburn Avenue
Suite 108
Millburn, NJ 07041
Call: 908-467-5900
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West Orange Office

92 Old Northfield Road
West Orange, NJ 07052
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Onsite Ambulatory Surgery Location

EndoSurgiCenter

1201 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
908-688-0066
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Affiliated Hospitals

St. Barnabas
Medical Center

94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
www.barnabashealth.org/Saint-Barnabas-Medical-Center

Overlook
Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901 www.atlantichealth.org/overlook

Newark Beth Israel
Medical Center

201 Lyons Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112 www.barnabashealth.org/Newark-Beth-Israel-Medical-Center

Trinitas Regional
Medical Center

225 Williamson Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
www.trinitasrmc.org