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Pancreatic Cancer Surgery


Dr. Richard B. Wait, Chairman, Department of Surgery, and Suzanne Rondinelli, RN, MSN, Practice Manager and Nurse Clinician, Surgical Oncology



If you or a family member comes to the Department of Surgical Oncology for treatment of pancreatic cancer, you will find a team of

  •  Surgeons
  •  Medical oncologists
  •  Gastroenterologists
  •  Endocrinologist
  •  Nurses
  •  Dietitians

working with you to bring together different medical disciplines to treat the disease. This multidisciplinary approach to patient care is central to our approach to treating pancreatic cancer. 


Surgery may be the best course of action to treat the pancreatic cancer but that will only be decided once the team:

  • Reviews what is best for the patient from a medical perspective
  • Takes into account any personal needs or preferences of the patient and family.


Richard Wait, MD, PhD, FACS,  Chairman of the Department of Surgery, is the only surgeon in Western Massachusetts who specializes in the surgical treatment of diseases of the pancreas.


Patients who require pancreatic surgery, such as whipple procedures and distal pancreatectomies to remove cancerous tumors, may also need to be treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment. 


Surgery and related treatment also focus on the patient’s overall health and well-being, including life-style changes, diet, exercise, prevention, spiritual issues, etc.  We strongly believe that treating cancer means treating the entire person. 


If you or a loved one ever face pancreatic cancer, you can confidently put yourself in the hands of a deeply committed and compassionate team of experts at Baystate Medical Center.  Baystate has state-of-the-art technology and experience in knowing which clinically proven approaches to pancreatic cancer are best suited to the needs and medical history of each individual.  This makes our integrated and holistic approach even more effective in treating pancreatic cancer.