Digestive Health Center
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Care
The Dignity Health Digestive Health Center team is comprised of highly trained surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, nurses, and other specialists who are actively involved in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal, pancreatic and hepatobiliary diseases. Our patients benefit from the expertise of multiple medical disciplines.
The Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Care program combines expert multidisciplinary teams with comprehensive strategies to provide high-quality care for patients and offer them an array of services including:
- Bi-weekly Tumor Board Conference – A team of physicians, surgeons, and health professionals in different specialties with unique perspectives convenes to critically review each patient’s case and provide recommendations for care and treatment. This skilled team ensures that expertly developed care is personalized for each
patient in a collaborative treatment approach.
- A skilled nurse navigator follows up with patients post tumor board to ensure that the patient understands their treatment plan and follows through with this plan.
- Innovative, minimally invasive surgical therapies and treatments for cancerous tumors and liver disease, which can provide a faster recovery with less pain and scarring.
What Conditions Do You Treat?
We offer comprehensive medical, surgical and alternative non-surgical treatment for a wide range of conditions, including:
- Pancreatic cancer
- Pancreas and liver lesions
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
- Metastatic disease to the liver
- Liver cancer
- Bile duct cancer
- Other diseases of the pancreas, liver and bile ducts
Different types of treatment are available for patients with hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancer. We assess each case to determine the best treatment outcome. Treatment may consist of:
- Whipple procedure (treats pancreatic cancer) and liver resections, using minimally invasive surgical techniques when possible
- Advanced, minimally invasive treatment of malignant liver tumors, including:
- Radiofrequency ablations
- Chemo-embolization (TACE)-chemotherapy that is delivered directly to the cancerous tumor
- Radio-embolization (Y-90)-radioactive beads that are injected directly into the blood vessels that feed tumors