Cancer of the pancreas strikes approximately 42,000 Americans each year, mostly people over the age of 65.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, or if you've been told you're at high risk for developing the disease, talk to us. It's important to learn about your options and take action right away. Pancreatic cancer is challenging to treat, but survival rates are improving, especially when the disease is caught early and aggressive treatment begins as soon as possible.

Our world-class team of specialists can answer your questions, address your concerns, and deliver a personalized treatment plan with the most innovative, cutting-edge therapies available anywhere.

At City of Hope, we are committed to treating the whole person, body and soul. We have an unmatched reputation for coordinated, compassionate care. We bring together a broad array of cancer expertise from multiple disciplines, all under one roof:

  • Minimally-invasive, robotically-assisted surgery and procedures, such as ablation and embolization
  • Ultra-precise radiation therapy, including Helical TomoTherapy
  • Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy
  • Targeted drug combinations for greater effectiveness and fewer side effects
  • Pioneering drug research and clinical trials

Plus, your supportive care continues long after treatment is complete. Our specialists will help you adjust to post-treatment diet and lifestyle changes, and our unique family and survivorship programs will assist your loved ones.

City of Hope has one of the most experienced pancreatic cancer programs in the United States. We are designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, and for more than a decade, U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in America.

Learn more about pancreatic cancer, including its risk factors and symptoms.

Request an Appointment

If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.

Care Team

City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care.

Yi-Jen Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Radiation Oncology
Vincent Chung, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Donald S David, M.D., F.A.C.G.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gastroenterology
Marwan G. Fakih, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Yuman Fong, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
Lily Lai, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
Dean W. Lim, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Laleh Melstrom, M.D.,M.S., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Melanoma and Sarcoma
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
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Gagandeep Singh, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Liver and Pancreatic Surgery
Warner-Susanne 2
Susanne Gray Warner, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Liver Surgery
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Gallbladder and Bile Duct Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • General Surgery
Yanghee Woo bio portrait
Yanghee Woo, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery

Tests & Treatments

Every patient is different, with different needs. City of Hope treats you as a valued individual. Our entire team works together to bring you precise, state-of-the-art surgical, radiation, drug and other therapy options that will deliver the best outcome for you. We support you every step of the way, both during treatment and long after, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.

Highlights of City of Hope's pancreatic cancer treatment program include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery: When possible, our surgeons will take a minimally invasive approaches to remove pancreatic cancer, such as laparoscopic surgery (using miniaturized operation instruments inserted through a thin tube) and robotically-assisted surgery (using a specially-designed robot equipped with miniature surgical tools and advanced imaging systems, giving the surgeon superior visualization and greater control at the tumor site.
  • Precise radiation delivery: Using advanced imaging techniques, our radiation team can accurately locate and target pancreatic tumors for treatment, ensuring maximum impact against cancer cells while minimizing exposure to surrounding normal tissues. At City of Hope, these techniques include respiratory gating and four-dimensional computed tomography, to account for organ and tumor movements during breathing.
  • Novel drug trials: In addition to standard chemotherapy regimens, City of Hope patients can enroll in clinical trials testing new drugs (or new drug combinations) that may be more effective against the disease and/or less toxic to normal tissues.

Learn more about diagnostic tests and treatment options for pancreatic cancer, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and combination therapy.

Clinical Trials

At City of Hope, we offer access to drug, surgical and other clinical trials aimed at improving survival rates and enhancing quality of life. In our latest research we are investigating a drug that dismantles pancreatic cancer cells' defense against chemotherapy, a DNA study examining genetic anomalies that may aid in early detection, and development of an improved support care program.

Browse through our clinical trials and research projects here:


When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family cope with each challenge in your pancreatic cancer diagnosis and treatment. We can help with all of these concerns, and more:

  • Poor appetite and trouble eating/drinking
  • Managing pain, fatigue, nausea
  • Adjusting to new diet and lifestyle habits
  • Your emotional, social and spiritual well-being
  • Palliative care
  • Staying healthy and active
  • Healthy cooking and eating
  • Healing arts
  • Caregiver skills
  • Dealing with family, work and school stress
  • Navigating the health care system

Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.

Additional Resources:

Support the Pancreatic Cancer Program

It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts more than 100 years ago. Their efforts − and those of our supporters today − have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct. It enables us to strive for new breakthroughs and better therapies − helping more people enjoy longer, better lives.

For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact us below.

Joe Komsky
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 626-218-6291
Email: [email protected]


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