The treatment of pancreas diseases involves the distinction between benign and malignant lesions. Optimal therapy requires first an accurate diagnosis, which following the clarification of the disease entails a medication or surgical treatment.
The interdisciplinary cooperation required for the treatment of the often very complex diseases is traditionally guaranteed at all times based on years of high expertise in St. Catherine’s Hospital. In the Department of General and Visceral Surgery alone, in the last ten years, more than 1,000 procedures were performed on the pancreas, of which over 500 resections.
The Pancreas Centre employs interdisciplinary specialists in the following disciplines for diagnosis and therapy:
From diagnosis to therapy
Oncologic surgical spectrum
Conservative therapy procedures (ambulatory and stationary)
Individual operation planning and clarification
Individual operation planning allows for optimal therapy. For the radical removal of pancreatic carcinomas, all modern surgery procedures up to the partial removal of large abdominal vessels are available. Through close collaboration with anaesthesia and intensive care medicine and the use of standardized pain therapy, the length of stay in intensive care is usually less than 24 hours. So-called fast-track concepts allow for rapid mobilization after surgery under physiotherapeutic guidance and an immediate return to normal diet.
The microscopic examination of tissue samples as well as of the surgical specimen specifies the right treatment path.
The case of any patient with pancreatic carcinoma will be discussed before and after surgery in the multidisciplinary tumour conference, held once a week with the participation of all disciplines. This way, an optimal treatment approach may be individually determined for each patient.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are individually tailored to each patient, based on guidelines. In the case of non-removable primary tumours, so-called neo-adjuvant (pre-surgery) chemotherapy and radiotherapy concepts are applied, in order to proceed to operation after a possible tumour reduction.
See the person as a whole: psycho-oncological care
The diagnosis of cancer for patients and relatives poses an extreme burden. Existential anxiety, worry and despair may appear. Hospitalization, treatments and possible side effects are experienced as stressful. Also in follow-up, questions arise as to what to do next and how life goes on after the disease. All patients can get consultation and support from the psycho-oncology team. Together, individual goals are defined.
To improve the treatment of patients with pancreatic carcinoma, the Pancreas Centre at St. Catherine’s Hospital - Stuttgart Hospital is involved in national and international studies in which patients may participate, if desired.
The Pancreatic Cancer Centre at St. Catherine Hospital is certified according to the Quality Management System DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 and according to the criteria of the German Cancer Society e.V., and also as a “Competence Centre for surgical diseases of the pancreas,” according to the criteria of the German Society of General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV). That renders it the second centre nation-wide to have successfully passed both certifications. The resulting quality is also regularly inspected internally and externally in collaboration with the oncology focus of Stuttgart (OSP).
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