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Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer

Mandy Kass, MS, CGC

Pancreatic cancer has quietly become the fourth leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the US. With about 56,000 adults in the US, every year being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the overall awareness of this cancer type is on the rise. The specific cause of pancreatic cancer cannot always be identified, but as research continues, hereditary factors are beginning to emerge.

Most cases of pancreatic cancer occur sporadically, meaning they are not influenced by inherited genetic traits. However, more recently it has been determined that approximately 10-20% of pancreatic cancers are due to an inherited genetic mutation that causes an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Because of this, recent guideline updates now recommend that all patients with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer be considered for hereditary genetic testing to better inform risk.

Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer


Medical Oncology

A collaborative partnership with you, your family, and our Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers oncology team.

  • Secure an appointment within 24-48 hours of receiving a cancer diagnosis.
  • Several convenient locations to address all of your cancer care needs.
  • Multidisciplinary cancer care team that will consider all relevant options for your treatment plan.
  • Multi-specialty treatment options including chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and surgery.
  • Clinical trials are available for patients who qualify.
  • Women’s Centers available for gynecologic and breast cancers.
Medical Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Our expert team will create an individualized treatment plan with evidence based radiation oncology and provide you with exceptional support.

  • 3 Dimensional Radiation Therapy (3D)
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)
  • High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy
Radiation Oncology

Integrative Oncology

Learn to live well and gain the strength you need to fight cancer with evidenced based Integrative Oncology.

  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Supplement Recommendations
  • Nutritional Guidelines
  • Stress Reduction Techniques
  • Symptom Management
Integrative Oncology

Women’s Centers

What are the advantages of Ironwood Women’s Centers for Breast & Gynecologic  Surgery?

  • Diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant disease
  • Hereditary genetic testing including BRCA1/2, Lynch syndrome, and many other cancer predisposition syndromes
  • High-risk management and surveillance
  • Aspiration of cysts and abscesses
  • Breast wound management
  • Fertility-sparing options.
Women’s Centers