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Mayo's Florida campus designated as pancreas center

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic now has two of the country's 35 facilities designated as a National Pancreas Foundation Center.

Mayo's Jacksonville campus was added to that list last week, joining Mayo's Rochester campus on the distinguished list. A National Pancreas Foundation Center is considered premier health care that focus on the multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic cancer by treating the "whole patient," with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life, Mayo said via news release.

To become an approved center, healthcare facilities undergo an extensive audit to ensure they meet specific criteria. That criteria includes having expert physician specialities like oncologists, gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons and interventional radiologists on staff. Additionally, the site most conduct clinical trials and have patient-focused programs such as pain management services, psychosocial support and palliative care.

The National Pancreas Foundation is the only non-profit foundation dedicated to patients who are suffering from all forms of pancreatic disease. It funds cutting-edge research, advocates for new and better therapies, and provides support and education for patients, caregivers and health-care professionals.

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