Pancreatic cancer touches the lives of many people. It is the fourth leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, largely due to the late stage of presentation at the time of diagnosis. Our prevention and genetics program focuses on early detection, which is the key to preventing pancreatic cancer and treating it effectively. As we expand our knowledge of the disease through public awareness, innovative research and vigilant screening of those at risk, we are making hopeful, new strides in beating back this cancer's terrible odds.
The Muzzi Mirza Pancreatic Cancer Prevention and Genetics Program is comprised of both a clinical division that focuses on treatment of individuals who are at an elevated risk of developing pancreatic cancer as well as a robust research program that focuses on identifying new and innovative early detection methods as well as new risk factors. Through routine screening and genetic testing, we aim to detect the potentially devastating disease early, and thereby improve the survival rate of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Our program's strength is its focus on screening, genetic testing and research of pancreatic cancer. Our goals are to:
- Develop standards for who should be screened and evaluated for pancreatic cancer including an ongoing care plan.
- Study the biology of pancreatic cancer with the goal of determining role of genetic abnormalities in pancreatic cancer causation.
- Develop strategies to identify early cancers through research.
- Increase awareness of pancreatic cancer.
This program is like none other — combining cutting edge research with the best clinical care around. We look at every patient's personal and family history and design a care plan that is a perfect fit for them.
- Fay Kastrinos, MD
- Elana Levinson, MS, MPH
Our program is named in loving memory of Muzzafar "Muzzi" Mirza. Beloved father, husband, son and best friend to many, Muzzi passed away much too young in 2007 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Muzzi and his wife, Susan, wanted to ensure that the Pancreas Center developed a program focused on prevention techniques and the role of genetics as it relates to the development of pancreatic cancer. Through the generosity of Muzzi, his family and his many friends and colleagues, we were able to establish this program in his honor.