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Dr. Mary Harris is a regionally recognized gastroenterologist and Medical Director of Mercy's Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases.
Mercy’s team of breast surgeons and breast cancer specialists in Baltimore help women determine the best breast cancer treatment options available to them.
Surgical Oncology at Mercy is recognized throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its expert cancer surgeons who treat patients with melanoma and abdominal/stomach and/or GI cancer.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer of the pancreas, which is a gland attached to the small intestine. This video shows how pancreatic cancer begins as well as various treatments for it.
At The Center for Comprehensive Pancreatic Care at Mercy in Baltimore, our doctors work with patients who have pancreatic cancer symptoms to develop individualized treatment options. Medical director Dr. Amit Raina works closely with Dr. Sergey Kantsevoy, one of region’s best therapeutic endoscopists, to fight pancreatic cancer and provide innovative treatment options for complex pancreatic disease.
Mercy is proud to have a multidisciplinary treatment team for pancreatic cancer, including Drs. Raina and Kantsevoy, as well as surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, dietitians and genetic counselors.
Pancreatic cancer develops when cells inside the pancreas grow uncontrollably and outlive normal cells to form a tumor. Pancreatic cancer can spread rapidly and is seldom detected early.
Because pancreatic cancer symptoms often do not appear until the cancer is advanced, pancreatic cancer usually is not detected early. When pancreatic cancer symptoms do appear, they are similar to most other pancreatic diseases; therefore, it is important to see a pancreas specialist if any of the following pancreatic cancer symptoms occur:
Other factors that increase the risk of pancreatic cancer can include smoking, chronic pancreatitis, a long history of diabetes, and heredity.
Pancreatic cancer can be diagnosed by a variety of diagnostic tests including ultrasound, CT scans, and MRIs. In addition, pancreatic cancer can be detected using the following innovative techniques:
Pancreatic cancer treatment depends on the cancer stage and location, as well as age, overall health, and personal preferences. Treatment options for pancreatic cancer can include surgery, if the cancer is confined to the pancreas, as well as radiation or chemotherapy. Another pancreatic cancer treatment option is targeted therapy, in which drugs being investigated in clinical trials are prescribed to attack specific abnormalities in the cancer cells.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Richard Desi of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, focuses on hepatology, a sub-specialty of gastroenterology that addresses the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and biliary tract.
Learn about ulcerative colitis - diagnosis and treatment - from the perspective of a Mercy patient.