Pancreatic Cancer

The Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute (RMTI), part of The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, offers comprehensive, state-of-the art care to patients with pancreatic diseases including confirmed or suspected pancreatic cancer. Our physicians are experts in evaluating, diagnosing, treating, and managing not only common pancreatic cancers but rarer forms and benign tumors of the pancreas as well. This includes pre-cancerous tumors (cystic tumors of the pancreas) and pancreatic pseudocysts.

Outstanding Services and Multidisciplinary Approach

Using a multidisciplinary approach, we employ the most advanced techniques to determine the appropriate diagnosis and then tailor a treatment plan to the unique needs of each individual. We do this by bringing together an extraordinary team of experts, who draw on years of experience in gastroenterology, surgical oncology, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology, critical care, and transplant immunology. These specialists meet together weekly to discuss the needs of each patient and most effective treatment options. Our emphasis is on caring for the whole person.

Among the full range of state-of-the-art services and treatment options we offer are:

  • Advanced screening and diagnostic techniques, including non-invasive abdominal computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans by radiologists who specialize in pancreatic cancer. We also evaluate and perform, as necessary, endoscopic ultrasounds (UES) and pancreatic biopsies.
  • Curative surgical therapies for cancer contained within the pancreas that has not spread to blood vessels, lymph nodes or other organs, including the Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) and distal pancreatectomy. Our surgeons are highly experienced in performing both of these procedures. With the Whipple procedure, enough of the pancreas is left intact so that the pancreas can continue to produce insulin and digestive juices. The distal pancreatectomy (surgery to remove the body and tail of the pancreas) is performed laparoscopically, which results in shorter a hospital stay, less post-operative pain, and minimal scarring.

At the Forefront of Pancreatic Cancer Research

As a leader in researching new treatments, we are often able to offer our patients access to innovative therapies through clinical trials before they are available anywhere else.

We Can Help

For additional assistance from an outreach liaison, please contact:

Sharyn Kreitzer, MSW
Senior Outreach Liaison

Transplant Living Center

With amenities including ten bedrooms and two kitchens, the Transplant Living Center (with concierge Allyson Reala) is a "home away from home" for patients and families.