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The Penn Pancreatic Cancer Research Center (PCRC) is committed to delivering high quality care for patients with pancreatic cancer. We take a multidisciplinary approach — integrating Medical Oncology, Surgery, Gastroenterology, Radiation Oncology, and Pathology — to deliver comprehensive and personalized options to our patients.

If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer:

To be seen by a member of our team, please contact:


Patricia Gambino, MSN, RN
Pancreatic Nurse Navigator
First Floor, South Pavilion, PCAM
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-615-0537


Diann Boyd, BSN, RN, OCN
Oncology Nurse Navigator
First Floor, South Pavilion, PCAM
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-614-1863

When you call, please have Insurance information and a list of prior studies handy to expedite your intake. Thank you, and we look forward to serving you.

If you have a strong family history of pancreatic cancer:

The GI Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine can evaluate patients with a strong family history of this disease.

Recently, a team led by PCRC member Ken Zaret, PhD – in collaboration with Gloria Petersen, PhD at the Mayo Clinic – used an innovative approach to identify markers in the blood that can accurately identify patients with pancreatic cancer. The PCRC is working with the High Risk GI Cancer Group to make this test available under a research protocol. We hope to have more information soon. In the meantime, if you have concerns about your risk of pancreatic cancer – either a strong family history, a known inherited mutation, or other risk factors – please reach out to the Pancreatic Nurse Navigator Patricia Gambino, MSN, RN ( or to the GI Cancer Risk Evaluation Program by following the above link.

If you have a pancreatic cyst or other high-risk lesion:

The Penn Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cyst Program evaluates patients with pancreatic cysts. For more information, please view the Patient pamphlet or contact:

Charles M. Vollmer, MD
Director, Pancreatic Surgery
Phone: 215-349-8516

Nuzhat A. Ahmad, MD
Associate Director, Endoscopy
Phone: 215-349-8222

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
4th Floor, West Pavilion
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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