The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center offers a specialized service for people who may be at high risk of developing pancreatic cancer due to personal or familial health factors. The Greater Midwest Pancreatic Cancer Screening Clinic (GPS) helps identify high-risk individuals, provides early detection and intervention, and advances pancreatic cancer research.
Individuals who may benefit from screening include persons with:
- Two or more first-degree relatives with pancreatic cancer
- Three or more of any relative with pancreatic cancer
- Certain hereditary cancer syndromes such as:
- Breast and ovarian cancer syndrome
- Lynch (HNPCC, or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer)
- Familial atypical multiple mole melanoma
A genetic counselor works with patients, families and physicians to evaluate each patient and create plans for prevention and early detection. Patients are then managed by a multidisciplinary team. Screenings for high-risk individuals may include endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and MRI.
Team members a patient may see include the genetic counselor, a registered dietitian, dedicated nurse practitioners, gastroenterology specialists and radiologists, in addition to a pancreatic cancer physician specialist. Individuals also have the opportunity to participate in studies to help further advanced research into pancreatic cancer prevention and treatment.
For more information, please call 414-805-0505 or 866-680-0505.