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Orlando Health Launches Seamless Pancreatic Cancer Care

Pancreatic Cancer Patients Will Experience a New Level of Care Coordination

Orlando, FL (November 2, 2022) – Orlando Health Cancer Institute is launching the Pancreatic Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic (PMDC), a new experience in the treatment of pancreatic cancer that will provide patients access to all of the resources they need at one site on a single day.

PMDC will be held weekly at Orlando Health Cancer Institute, giving pancreatic cancer patients a comprehensive visit in one day, including diagnostic imaging and lab work. The visit will include consultations with a team of medical, surgical, and/or radiation oncologists, palliative care specialists, gastrointestinal experts, nutritionists, geneticists, social workers, and others who will review the patient’s case, give a diagnosis, and discuss personalized treatment options.

“Research shows that multidisciplinary clinics improve patient outcomes, shorten the timeframe from diagnosis to treatment, increase access to care, and improve patient and caregiver satisfaction,” says Wasif Saif, MD, deputy director and department chair for hematology and oncology at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. “It sets the stage for a true team approach where our specialists work together to coordinate the evaluation and care of our patients.”

The American Cancer Society estimates more than 62,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer in 2022 and nearly 50,000 deaths from the disease. In Florida, more than 4,800 new cases are expected this year with 3,800 deaths. For all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the one-year relative survival rate is 20%, and the five-year rate is 9%.

The PMDC is best suited for early-stage pancreatic cancer patients with no metastasis. It will begin seeing patients weekly on November 2, 2022. To schedule a visit, please call 321.841.1893, option 1.


About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $8.1 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for Central Florida’s only pediatric and adult Level I Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level II Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County. It is the home of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health has pioneered life-changing medical research and its Graduate Medical Education program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows.

The 3,238-bed system includes 23 hospitals and emergency departments – 18 of which are currently operational with five coming soon. The system also includes nine specialty institutes, more than 100 adult and pediatric primary care practices, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 60 outpatient facilities that include imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,000 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 25,000 team members and more than 1,200 physicians.

In FY22, Orlando Health served nearly 142,000 inpatients and 3.9 million outpatients. The healthcare system provided more than $782 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more in FY 21, the most recent period for which this information is available. Additional information can be found at http://www.orlandohealth.com, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @orlandohealth.

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