WMCC Opens High Risk Pancreatic Cancer Clinic
People with an elevated risk of pancreatic cancer can seek support, guidance and specialized services from a new clinic at WMCC. The clinic is a led by Gitonga Munene, MD, a board certified surgical oncologist who has extensive experience in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery.
Clinic services include:
- Informing individuals about the potential benefits and limitations of pancreatic cancer screening
- Keeping patients informed about the latest surveillance tools and updated data in the field
- Educating patients on any changes to surveillance guidelines
Pancreatic cancer surveillance involves closely monitoring individuals who have a higher risk of developing this type of cancer. This surveillance aims to detect any signs of cancer at an early stage through regular imaging tests focusing on the pancreas. Early detection allows for treatment that is more effective and can lead to improved outcomes. That is because pancreatic cancer is often diagnosed in later stages when symptoms become apparent.
Pancreatic cancer surveillance is not recommended for the general population due to the low average risk of developing this cancer. However, individuals with certain risk factors, such as personal or family history, genetic conditions, or a combination of factors, may benefit from surveillance. For more information on the WMCC High Risk Pancreatic Cancer Clinic, call 269-384-8663