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Top hospitals by pancreatic cancer visits

Located between the stomach and the spine, the pancreas is a fist-sized gland that plays a vital role in both digestion and hormone regulation.

The pancreas produces digestive enzymes that are essential for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients from food. The pancreas also creates insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar levels.

Pancreatic cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the pancreas start to grow uncontrollably, forming a mass or tumor.

Using data from our Atlas All-Payor Claims Dataset, we’ve compiled a list of U.S. hospitals ranked by number of visits related to pancreatic cancer. Keep reading to see which hospitals topped the list.

Top U.S. hospitals by visits for pancreatic cancer in 2023

RankDefinitive IDHospitalState% of visitsExplore dataset
1818Moffitt Cancer Center Magnolia Campus (AKA H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute)FL3.40%Explore
2588Stanford Hospital - 300 Pasteur DrCA2.70%Explore
32846Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNY2.60%Explore
43120Cleveland Clinic Main CampusOH2.50%Explore
52096University HospitalMI2.40%Explore
6370Helford Clinical Research Hospital (AKA City of Hope National Medical Center)CA1.80%Explore
73923William P Clements Jr University Hospital (FKA UT Southwestern University Hospital - St Paul)TX1.40%Explore
8846Baptist HospitalFL1.40%Explore
91365IU Health Methodist HospitalIN1.10%Explore
102191Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Mary’s CampusMN1.00%Explore

Fig. 1 Data from Definitive Healthcare’s Atlas All-Payor Claims Dataset for 2023. Claims data is sourced from multiple medical claims clearinghouses in the United States and updated monthly. Data is accurate as of February 2024.

Which hospital serves the most pancreatic cancer patients?

According to our data, the Moffitt Cancer Center Magnolia Campus had the most pancreatic cancer-related visits in 2023, with 3.4% of pancreatic cancer visits tracked. In recent years, it has also been among the top three hospitals for bladder, breast, and prostate cancer diagnoses.

Second on our list is Stanford Hospital in California with 2.7% of visits. This marks a move up from 2022, when Stanford Hospital took third. That year, the hospital also ranked first for ovarian cancer patient encounters.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center takes third place with 2.6% of pancreatic cancer-related visits in 2023.

What are the main types of pancreatic cancer?

There are two main types of pancreatic cancer: exocrine pancreatic cancer, which is the most common type, and neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer, which is less common.

Exocrine pancreatic cancer usually starts in the ducts that carry digestive enzymes from the pancreas to the small intestine. The most common type of exocrine pancreatic cancer is adenocarcinoma, which accounts for about 90% of cases.

Neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer affects the cells that create different hormones within the pancreas. As a result, a neuroendocrine tumor could cause a wide variety of signs and symptoms, depending on the type of hormone that is affected. According to the American Cancer Society, neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer makes up less than 2% of pancreatic cancers.

Pancreatic cancer is often difficult to detect in its early stages, as it may not cause any symptoms until it has spread to other organs. Hospitals specializing in pancreatic cancer may employ a variety of diagnostic tests—including blood tests, biopsies, and medical imaging—in order to catch the cancer while surgery is still possible.

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