FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The National Pancreas Foundation Announces the Designation of Five Additional NPF Centers for the Treatment and Care of Pancreatic Cancer
BETHESDA, MD – May 12, 2017 – The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, announces the designation of five additional National Pancreas Foundation Centers for the treatment and care of patients with pancreatic cancer. There are now thirty-five NPF Centers at premier healthcare facilities that focus on the multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic cancer, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.
For people coping with pancreatic cancer or other pancreatic disorders today, there are inconsistencies in the level of care they receive. The NPF Centers designation will help facilitate the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary care approaches for the field. Designated centers will also seek to advance research and lead the way for heightened awareness and understanding of pancreatic cancer among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public.
“Being an approved NPF Center is an important recognition,” said NPF Center Task Force member Dr. Eileen O’Reilly. “Having the NPF Center designation will help distinguish institutions whose focus is on a multidisciplinary, patient centered approach to their care.”
Approved NPF Centers had to go through an extensive auditing process and meet the criteria that were developed by a task force made up of invited subject matter experts and patient advocates. The criteria includes having the required expert physician specialties such as oncologists, gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons, clinical trials, palliative care, and interventional radiologists, along with more patient focused programs such as a pain management service, psychosocial support and more. For a full listing of the criteria, please visit the NPF website.
“NPF Centers are of great value to the whole pancreatic cancer community,” said Matthew Alsante, Executive Director of the National Pancreas Foundation. “These centers will also help to increase awareness of important NPF programs such as the National Patient Registry, the Animated Pancreas Patient and be a vital cog in the sharing and development of best practices.”
For more information about the National Pancreas Foundation, our NPF Centers for pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer, please visit www.pancreasfoundation.org.
The five newly designated National Pancreas Foundation Centers are:
Duke University Medical Center
Mayo Clinic of Florida
Mount Sinai Hospital/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Yale Center for Pancreatic Disease
University of Louisville: Norton Cancer Institute & J Graham Brown Cancer Center
About The National Pancreas Foundation
Founded in 1997, the National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting-edge research, advocating for new and better therapies and providing support and education for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. The NPF is the only foundation dedicated to patients suffering from all forms of pancreas disease. For more information visit: www.pancreasfoundation.org
Matthew Alsante, Executive Director, National Pancreas Foundation, (866) 726-2737, EMAIL