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High Risk Pancreatic Cancer Surveillance


Vanderbilt’s High Risk Pancreatic Cancer Surveillance provides screening, risk assessment and education for people at high risk of pancreatic cancer.

Our pancreas specialists work with our genetics experts to determine your risks and design a care plan personalized to you.

How it works

You will meet with our hereditary clinic to review your family history and other risk factors for cancer.  These factors may guide additional genetic testing.

If your family history or genetic tests show you are at increased risk, you will meet with our pancreatic cancer expert.

We will discuss the risks and benefits of long-term surveillance and recommend a care plan designed for you. Through early detection and prevention, we
hope to improve survival and better understand the disease process. 

If you or a family member think you may be at risk, please call the our nurse navigator at (615) 473-1930 about scheduling an appointment.

Who is at increased risk?

You may be at higher risk of pancreatic cancer if:

  • You have 2 or more members on the same side of the family who have had pancreatic cancer
  • You have certain gene markers or genetic syndromes: BRCA2, BRCA1, ATM, PALB2, p16/ CDKN2A (FAMMM Syndrome), Lynch Syndrome (HNPCC), and Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome (STK11)
  • You have chronic pancreatitis with genetic risk factors in: PRSS1, PRSS2, CTRC, and SPINK1