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How one hospital is overcoming disparities in pancreatic cancer care [Video]

(BPT) – According to the American Cancer Society, about 48,220 people in the U.S. will die of pancreatic cancer this year, and unfortunately, most do not experience symptoms of the disease until it has become large or spread elsewhere in the body. A recent study also found that socioeconomic status and race were associated with worse patient outcomes and lower survival rates. The study, conducted by doctors at Capital Health in New Jersey, discovered that patients with a lower socioeconomic status and those who are African American are more likely to encounter barriers to receiving specialized care at major medical institutions.

Pancreatic cancer treatment is complicated by the fact that treatment usually involves surgery — but the location of the pancreas and where tumors usually appear makes surgery extremely complicated. Surgeons who specialize in techniques to …

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The Pancreas Center at Columbia/NewYork-Presbyterian [Video]

At the Pancreas Center, we believe in care that goes beyond medications and procedures. We believe in compassion–treating people, not diseases. We believe in commitment–a team of specialists, focused on you, available when you need us. And above all, we believe in hope–providing encouragement not just with words, but with science, as our research team works to find more and better options to treat, diagnose, and prevent pancreatic conditions like pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.From Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian hospital system.