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Aurora Cancer Care Named Wisconsin’s First National Pancreas Foundation Designated Pancreatic Cancer Center

Center at Aurora St. Luke’s is only one in Wisconsin selected based on team’s multidisciplinary approach to care, strong patient outcomes

August 31, 2017

Milwaukee, Wis. Aurora Cancer Care’s multidisciplinary pancreatic center located at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center is the first and only center in Wisconsin to be named a designated  Pancreatic Cancer Center by the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF).

Under the leadership of Aaron Chevinsky, MD, FACS, medical director for surgical oncology with Aurora Cancer Care, the pancreatic cancer center met the established criteria by NPF, which focuses on a multidisciplinary treatment approach to produce the best possible outcomes and improve quality of life for patients.

Aurora Cancer Care becomes one of only 30 centers across some 20 states to be named a NPF Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes centers which possess and maintain clinical expertise, have access to leading technology, provide a holistic approach to patient care, and also provide access to clinical trials.

At Aurora Cancer Care, patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of cancer experts, including surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, oncologists, pharmacists, nurse navigators, and others, who come together to develop the best course of treatment for each individual patient.

“To be the first pancreatic center in Wisconsin recognized by the National Pancreatic Foundation is a testament to the hard work of our entire team, led by Dr. Chevinsky,” said James Weese, MD, FACS, vice president of Aurora Cancer Care. “Aurora Cancer Care is committed to being a nationally recognized center where patients from around the world turn to us for care during some of life’s toughest moments, and this recognition from the NPF builds on our team’s efforts.”

The pancreatic cancer center at Aurora Cancer Care offers a variety of treatment options for patients, including surgical, radiation, and chemotherapy-based treatment plans, featuring the latest in available technology. The center was the first in Wisconsin to use NanoKnife technology, and is also a leader in the usage of Cyberknife, a stereostatic body radiation therapy.

To learn more about the program at Aurora Cancer Care, visit

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Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 30 counties throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and more than 33,000 caregivers. As evidenced by more than 300 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

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