Nationally-Recognized Pancreatic Cancer Surgeon Develops Unique Team Approach to Improve Patient Outcomes

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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.

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.

The American Cancer Society predicted that, in 2008, about 37,680 people in the United States would be found to have pancreatic cancer and about 34,290 would die of the disease (http://www.cancer.org).

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Chevinsky is available to discuss all aspects of pancreatic cancer diagnosis and treatment, including the implentation of his team approach. A patient (65-year-old former nurse) who was uniquely and successfully treated for pancreatic cancer by Dr. Chevinsky's multidisciplinary team is also available for media interviews.

About Allied Surgical Group
Allied Surgical Group includes world-class surgeons who have provided state-of-the-art surgery to patients and New Jersey's finest doctors for more than three decades. Allied Surgical Group's eight board-certified surgeons include Mitchel S. Carter, M.D., FACS; Aaron Chevinsky, M.D., FACS; William L. Diehl, M.D., FACS; Carey Dolgin, M.D., FACS; Leah S. Gendler, M.D., FACS; Edward R. McLean Jr., M.D., FACS; Michael David Most, M.D.; and David S. Ward, M.D., FACS.

Areas of expertise include oncology; vascular, advanced laparoscopic and obesity surgery; and minimally invasive surgery. Together, the doctors care with compassion and integrity for patients throughout the tri-state region. Allied Surgical Group is located at 261 James St., Suite 2G, Morristown, N.J., and in the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital. For more information, call 973-267-6400 or visit http://www.alliedsurgical.org.

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