Diagnosis and Treatment

Have you been diagnosed with a pancreatic cyst?
If so, you will need to be seen by a physician who specializes in pancreatic disease. Contact your primary care physician for a referral to a pancreatic disease specialist. Most commonly this is a gastroenterologist or a general surgeon who has received specialized training in the management of pancreatic diseases. This individual may provide screening themselves or may be able to direct you to a qualified screening clinic in your area. Such screening clinics, if available, will typically be at major medical centers housed within a university (academic) setting. You may also contact us (317-948-8358 or maxschmi@iupui.edu), and we may facilitate a referral.

Have you been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?
If so, you will need to be seen by a physician who specializes in pancreatic disease. Contact your primary care physician for a referral to a pancreatic disease specialist. Most commonly this is a gastroenterologist, oncologist or a general surgeon who has received specialized training in the management of pancreatic diseases. This individual may provide treatment themselves or may be able to direct you to a qualified treatment clinic in your area. Most major medical centers housed within a university (academic) setting will have such resources. You may also contact us (317-948-8358 or maxschmi@iupui.edu), and we may facilitate a referral. Several excellent web-based resources for patients with pancreatic cancer are already established (see links below).

Lustgarten Foundation

National Familial Pancreatic Cancer Registry

National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis and TreatmentDiagnosis of pancreatic cysts is complicated. Importantly, the type of pancreatic cyst needs to be determined, and if a pre-cancerous (i.e., mucinous) type, the risk (low or high) of pancreatic cancer needs to be determined. Treatment of low risk pancreatic cysts may entail observation with periodic interval history, physical exam, lab tests, MRI or CT scans, endoscopic ultrasound, biopsy and molecular analyses. The treatment of high risk pancreatic cysts is most often surgical removal. New treatments are being investigated involving injection of pancreatic cysts with alchohol and chemotherapeutic agents (e.g., paclitaxel) in select patients.