We have integrated a multi-dimensional program across UW Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for translation with its own administrative structure – the Center for Accelerated Translation in Pancreas Cancer (CATPAC). The components of CATPAC include population sciences, high-risk disease, preclinical and clinical trials.
A focal point of CATPAC is the Pancreas Cancer Specialty Clinic (PCSC), a true real-time multi-disciplinary clinic in which patients receive a same-day comprehensive evaluation and care plan from a team of specialists including surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, body imaging (radiology), pathology, nursing, symptom management and palliative care, pharmacy, nutrition, social work, and staff focused on spiritual needs.
We have developed genetically accurate models of cancer that mimic the human disease. These models have been used to develop and test novel therapeutic strategies with pancreas cancer. Some of these drugs are in clinical trials available here.