Expert pancreatic cancer care in central Virginia

Our medical oncology team at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital offers comprehensive care for pancreatic cancer. Our multidisciplinary team, comprised of gastroenterologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists and other professionals, ensures you receive compassionate, quality care as you navigate your cancer journey.

If you have questions about pancreatic cancer or our services, you can speak to a registered nurse 24/7 by calling (804) 320-3627.

Pancreatic cancer risk factors

According to the American Cancer Society, the average lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer is about one in 64. However, the chances of getting pancreatic cancer can be increased by risk factors such as:

  • Smoking or other tobacco use
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Exposure to certain chemicals

While you are able modify certain risk factors by quitting smoking or losing weight, others are determined at birth. A family history of pancreatic cancer, getting older and your race can contribute to the development of the disease. While the risk increases as you age, the average age at the time of diagnosis is 70 years old.

Pancreatic cancer signs and symptoms

Similar to other cancers, early stages of the disease do not cause any signs or symptoms. By the time symptoms appear, the cancer is in a more advanced stage. You may want to speak with your doctor if you have jaundice or related symptoms, belly or back pain, blood clots, long-standing or new-onset diabetes, unexplained weight loss or a poor appetite.

Treatment options for pancreatic cancer

Our team is with you every step of the way on your cancer journey, and we ensure your care plan is specific to your needs. Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and pain management are all options available at Johnston-Willis.

We also offer a wide range of cancer support services to help you on your road to recovery.

Gastrointestinal cancer nurse navigator

Kari Gill

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be scary, but you don't have to experience it alone. Our nurse navigator is here to support you every step of the way, offering guidance and answering questions, as well as keeping you and your loved ones informed during each stage of your treatment process.

Kari Gill, BSN, RN
Adult oncology complex GI nurse navigator
Office: (804) 483-5071
Mobile: (804) 418-0509
Fax: (804) 483-6787

Kari's focus as the gastrointestinal cancer nurse navigator is to help patients and families navigate the complex journey of GI cancer care. She is the resource whose expertise and personal experience will guide you in all aspects of your cancer journey. Kari spent much of her nursing career in medical-surgical and oncology units before becoming a nurse navigator.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Johnston-Willis Hospital is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (804) 591-4152 or chat online at