An approved NPF Center has to 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, and interventional radiologists, along with more patient focused programs such as a pain management service, psychosocial support and more.
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“The NPF Center designation will help us to better serve this important patient population,” said Matthew Alsante, Chief Executive Officer of the National Pancreas Foundation. “Once an institution receives this designation, we can recommend with confidence that patients will receive the best quality care at these designated Centers.”
Every patient diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at Piedmont is presented at a multidisciplinary tumor board where specialists in all disciplines discuss the case. In addition, a dedicated coordinator facilitates all aspects of care within one clinic, which provides patients with an expedited evaluation and full continuum of care.