- By Cynthia Weiss
Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus designated as National Pancreas Foundation Center
Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida has been designated as a National Pancreas Foundation Center for the treatment and care of pancreatic cancer by the National Pancreas Foundation. The Florida campus joins Mayo Clinic’s Rochester, Minnesota campus as the second Mayo site to receive this designation.
National Pancreas Foundation Centers are premier healthcare facilities that focus on the multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic cancer by treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life. These centers advance research and lead the way for heightened awareness and understanding of pancreatic cancer among health care providers, patients, families and the general public.
Approved National Pancreas Foundation Centers go through an extensive auditing process and must meet specific criteria before being designated. Centers must have the required expert physician specialties such as oncologists, gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons, and interventional radiologists, along with clinical trials and patient-focused programs, including pain management services, psychosocial support and palliative care.
There are currently 35 National Pancreas Foundation Centers in the U.S.
The National Pancreas Foundation is the only non-profit foundation dedicated to patients who are suffering from all forms of pancreatic disease. It funds cutting edge research, advocates for new and better therapies and provides support and education for patients, caregivers and health care professionals.