Pancreatic Cancer Program
 
 

Pancreatic Cancer Program

The Pancreatic Cancer Program at St. Anthony’s Hospital is committed to providing high-quality pancreatic cancer care to the St. Petersburg community. As the highest-volume program for pancreatic cancer care in Pinellas County, St. Anthony’s Pancreatic Cancer Program offers patients a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach. By utilizing this team of experienced physicians and nurses, we have been able to provide high-quality outcomes, well beyond the national average.

Our minimally invasive approach of the Pancreatectomy procedure has been shown to reduce the length of stay and improve recovery in our patients. Our experienced surgeons offer patients a comprehensive treatment plan that includes an Enhanced Recovery after surgery program (ERAS), which is a protocol used to help our patients heal faster and get home sooner. The Enhanced Recovery Program includes:

  • Meticulous surgical technique to limit blood loss during surgery
  • Aggressive multimodal pain control and nerve blocks after surgery
  • Patients are able to eat and mobilize quicker
  • Standard postoperative algorithms for clinical patient management

Procedures

  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure) – Removal of the pancreatic head with surrounding small intestine and bile ducts. 
  • Distal Pancreatectomy – removal of the pancreatic body and tail +/- the spleen
  • Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy – removal of the pancreatic body and tail usually with the spleen through small incisions 
  • Laparoscopic Spleen Sparing Distal Pancreatectomy – removal of the pancreatic body and tail through small incisions without removing the spleen.
  • Laparoscopic Pancreatic Tumor Excision – local excision of pancreatic tumors. 

Pancreatic Cancer Program Team:

Your care will be provided by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, giving you a full continuum of care throughout your experience. Your providers include:

  • Radiologist
  • Oncologist
  • Radiation oncologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Pathologist

What Is Pancreatic Cancer?

For more information about pancreatic cancer, read our health library article, "What is Pancreatic Cancer?"