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Pancreatic Cancer Center of Excellence

The UNC Lineberger Pancreatic Cancer Center of Excellence formally brings together an outstanding group of researchers, clinicians and staff to provide excellent multidisciplinary patient care and generate research discoveries that can be translated into new, more effective approaches and ultimately, cures for pancreatic cancer.

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the cancer center for the people of North Carolina, has established the Pancreatic Cancer Center of Excellence to bring together cancer center faculty with a broad range of expertise — from laboratory, translational and clinical research to drug development, biomedical engineering and pharmacology to medical, radiation and surgical oncology — to focus on pancreatic cancer, one of the most aggressive and difficult to treat cancer.

The center will serve as a national resource for patients and their loved ones who seek the latest and most reliable information about pancreatic cancer research, clinical advances and community resources.


Appointments & Questions

 To make an appointment, to refer a patient or to speak with an operator who can direct your call,
please call (984) 974-0000

(Available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday)


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“We now will have an infrastructure to connect people, to integrate innovative research findings with clinical care. This will enable us to diagnose pancreatic cancer better, to develop new treatments and to make better treatment decisions and improve quality of life.”
– Jen Jen Yeh, MD, co-director, Pancreatic Cancer Center of Excellence


Research at the Pancreatic Cancer Center of Excellence

  • We are conducting, connecting and integrating innovative research discoveries to improve the care of patients with pancreatic cancer in North Carolina and beyond.
  • UNC Lineberger has six pancreatic cancer clinical trials open, including three that are based on scientific discoveries made at UNC Lineberger, and there are plans to open more studies.
  • The Pancreatic Cancer Center of Excellence reinforces an infrastructure that promotes collaboration in the laboratories and clinics, which leads to more efficient and effective translation of scientific discoveries into clinical practice.
  • We are committed to recruiting, training and retaining the next generation of pancreatic cancer providers and researchers.

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“Scientific discoveries made at UNC Lineberger have a direct impact on patient care. Three trials on which we are actively enrolling pancreatic cancer patients started with discoveries in the lab, and it didn’t just start at anybody’s lab. It started in labs right here at Lineberger.”
– Autumn McRee, MD, co-director, Pancreatic Cancer Center of Excellence


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“Progress in research relies on a community effort and bringing together researchers and clinicians, as well as the community organizations, will be key for making an impact on this difficult cancer.

Supporting research infrastructure to bring greater cohesion to the pancreatic cancer researchers will promote more formal research interactions, and positioning us better for team grant efforts centered on pancreatic cancer.”

– UNC Lineberger researcher Channing Der, PhD