The Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Program is an extension of the Muzzi Mirza Pancreatic Cancer Prevention & Genetics Program, designed to evaluate patients with known or suspected pancreatic cysts. This program is devoted solely to patients with IPMN (Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm) or pancreatic cysts to provide specialized surveillance by expert physicians in this field from multidisciplinary practices.
Patients evaluated in our program are discussed in our weekly multidisciplinary conference where an aggressive plan of surveillance is determined by our experts in interventional endoscopy, surgery and oncology. Each plan is tailored to meet each patient's specific needs. A plan can consist of 6 months or yearly intervals of imaging and endoscopy or possible surgery. By offering a practice to monitor patients with known precursors to this disease, we strive to take a positive step towards fighting pancreatic cancer.
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What to Expect at a Consultation
When a new patient comes in for their appointment, they will be seen by one or more Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Program physicians. Your visit will start with a full medical history and physical. You will be asked to discuss your personal health history as well as any cancer in your family. We will ask you about any symptoms or pain you have been experiencing and how long those symptoms have been bothering you. During your consultation, we will also review any medical records, imaging studies, or biopsy reports that you have brought with you or that you sent to the office ahead of your appointment.
We make every effort to consolidate patient visits to spare patients an additional trip. It is essential to bring CDs of recent imaging studies (CT & MRI) for our physicians to review during the consult visit. If you have had a biopsy performed at an outside facility, it is important to bring a copy of the report and the biopsy slides. This information will enable us to make the best possible recommendation regarding your care.
Your consultation may take up to 90 minutes. By the end of your visit, your team will make their initial recommendation for your care. If surgery is recommended, someone from the Pancreas Center will call you to schedule your surgery and your required preoperative testing. Alternately, you may schedule these appointments before you leave. If surveillance is advised you will be place on a plan of 6 months or yearly intervals of active surveillance. If further testing is required, a member of the Pancreas Center staff will call you after your initial consultation.
How to Prepare for a Consultation
When requesting an appointment with a Pancreatic Cyst Program specialist, our coordinator will ask you to send or fax medical records and physician notes from your other medical providers before your visit. This will enable our team of experts to review your case before your appointment. In some cases, we may suggest you undergo further imaging studies or blood tests prior to meeting with one of our surgeons to ensure we can make the best recommendation for your care during your consultation.
When you arrive for your appointment, you will be asked to fill out paperwork including a Registration Form, NYPH Adult Medical Questionnaire, Patient Questionnaire, and a Patient Acknowledgment of Notice of Privacy Practice. We suggest that you download and print these forms by clicking here to speed and facilitate your check-in and to give yourself time to review the information.
There may be some family members and friends involved in your care that you may want us to speak with directly. Due to HIPAA regulations, we cannot speak to anyone about your treatment without your express permission. You can give us permission to speak with family and friends by downloading and filling out a medical information release authorization form and bringing it with you to your consultation. You can download a copy, along with the other patient forms, by clicking here.
If you have had any recent biopsies, or imaging studies performed, please obtain a copy of the study or reports and bring them with you to your appointment. This can be done by calling the facility where you had the tests performed and requesting a copy of your results. This process may take several days or a week, so you will want to request them ahead of time.
During your consultation, your Pancreas Center team will ask you about any medications you are currently taking. It may be useful to create a medication list that includes the dosage of each medication and the condition for which each is prescribed and bring it with you to show your team.
While you are a patient of the Pancreas Center, it will be important for us to stay in contact with your primary care physician and other doctors involved in your care, and we ask that you provide a list of these doctors along with their full contact information.
Make sure to bring:
- Your INSURANCE CARD
- Any RADIOLOGY FILMS, CDs or IMAGING STUDIES previously performed
- Any relevant BIOPSY SLIDES
- A LIST OF MEDICATIONS you are currently taking
- Any REQUIRED PAPERWORK available for download here
- MEDICAL INFORMATION RELEASE FORM available for download here
What to Expect After a Consultation
Continued and close surveillance is part of The Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Program. At your initial appointment, you and a program physician will develop an action plan for your care. This may include imaging tests, endoscopic ultrasound, and/or a consult with another Pancreas Center physician.
While you will have regularly scheduled follow up appointments with a Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Program physician, you should feel free to call the office whenever a question or a new symptom arises.