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Nationally-Recognized Pancreatic Cancer Surgeon Develops Unique Team Approach to Improve Patient Outcomes
Date:1/7/2009

By the time pancreatic cancer is discovered, it is often late stage (as has been reported about actor Patrick Swayze) and survival rates are low. Dr. Aaron Chevinsky, a surgical oncologist specializing in pancreatic, liver and gastrointestinal (GI) cancers wasn't satisfied with that reality and has created a groundbreaking team approach to improve communication among specialists and improve outcomes for patients.

Morristown, NJ (PRWEB) January 7, 2009 -- Patrick Swayze's interview regarding pancreatic cancer will air on a Barbara Walters special on January 7. It is the first time he is discussing his Stage 4 diagnosis and battle with the disease.

By the time pancreatic cancer is discovered, it is often late stage and survival rates are low. Dr. Aaron Chevinsky, a surgical oncologist specializing in pancreatic, liver and gastrointestinal (GI) cancers in Morristown, New Jersey, wasn't satisfied with that reality and has created a groundbreaking team approach to improve communication among specialists and improve outcomes for patients. While this team approach isn't new, the execution is; multidisciplinary panels are often more focused on policy than diagnoses and treatment specifics.

Dr. Chevinsky is a surgical oncologist specializing in pancreatic, liver and gastrointestinal (GI) cancers at Allied Surgical Group in Morristown, N.J.; chief of surgical oncology at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital; and clinical professor of surgery at UMDNJ in Newark, N.J. In October 2008, Dr. Chevinsky was recognized for his groundbreaking work in the multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment by the American College of Surgeons Cancer Liaison Physicians.

Dr. William L. Diehl and Dr. Mitchel S. Carter from Allied Surgical Group also serve on the multidisciplinary team with Dr. Chevinsky.

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