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Fight Pancreatic Cancer with BASS Cancer Center's Advanced Care

Are you or a loved one facing a pancreatic cancer diagnosis? At BASS Cancer Center, we understand the complexities of this disease and offer a beacon of hope with our advanced treatment options. With a combination of expert knowledge, state-of-the-art technology, and personalized care, our center is equipped to provide the support and innovative therapies you need during this challenging time.

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Our expert in Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Meet Dr. Kenneth Chao, Your Specialist in Pancreatic Cancer Radiation Therapy

As the child of cancer survivors, Dr. Kenneth Chao brings a profound understanding of the personal challenges individuals face during their cancer journeys. With over 14 years of experience as a board-certified Radiation Oncologist, he is dedicated to your well-being with compassion and respect.

Dr. Chao, a UCLA Biochemistry graduate and University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Doctor of Medicine, completed his residency at William Beaumont Hospital. An expert in prostate brachytherapy and advanced cancer radiation therapies, he joined BASS Medical Group in 2021 as the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology and Medical Imaging at BASS Medical Group’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Recipient of prestigious grants and awards, including RSNA Research Grant, Dr. Chao is a recognized authority in IGRT. Beyond his medical achievements, he enjoys family time, culinary experimentation, and exploring Northern California’s beauty through golf and swimming

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Inspiring Success Stories:
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Targeting the Root: Our Approach to Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

At BASS Cancer Center, we understand that a pancreatic cancer diagnosis comes with a need for detailed information on potential treatment plans. Our center offers a multitude of options, each capable of being tailored to the individual needs of our patients.

Surgical Interventions

When detected at an early stage, surgical removal of the tumor can be a potentially curative treatment. Procedures such as the Whipple technique or distal pancreatectomy are performed by our experienced surgical team with the goal of eliminating cancer.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy may be used to destroy cancer cells or shrink tumors before surgery or as a standalone treatment. We provide the latest in radiation technology, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), which are designed to target tumors with precision.


Chemotherapy employs drugs to kill cancer cells and is often part of a combined treatment plan with surgery and/or radiation. Our oncologists are adept at determining the most effective chemotherapy regimens suited to the specific characteristics of your pancreatic cancer.


Harnessing the power of the immune system, immunotherapy is a promising area of treatment that may improve outcomes for certain patients with pancreatic cancer. By boosting the body's natural defenses, we aim to combat cancer more effectively.

It is our mission to explore every option and combination of treatments to provide the most comprehensive care possible. Our team works collaboratively to evaluate the best course of action for each patient.

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Living Under a Cloud of Uncertainty

Maybe you have nagging symptoms you can't explain, a family history of pancreatic cancer, or just a deep worry that something might be wrong. The fear of the unknown can feel overwhelming, holding you back from fully living your life.

Clarity, Confidence, and a Path Forward. Imagine the relief of finally having answers. Our advanced evaluations provide a clear picture of your health. Whether your results come back negative, or we find early-stage cancer, you'll move forward with the knowledge and support you need.

Our expert team of oncologists stands with you every step of the way. If needed, we'll develop a personalized treatment plan drawing on the latest therapies, potentially including access to cutting-edge clinical trials. You don't have to face this alone.

Don’t let uncertainty dictate your choices. Take that courageous first step with BASS Cancer Center towards a future where health and peace of mind are your reality.

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Understanding Risk Factors for Pancreatic Cancer

Recognizing the risk factors for pancreatic cancer is a critical step in raising awareness and prompting early detection. While some risk factors such as family history cannot be controlled, lifestyle choices like smoking cessation and maintaining a healthy weight can potentially lower the risk.

The Role of Genetics and Family History

A small percentage of pancreatic cancers are believed to be caused by inherited gene mutations. Family history of pancreatic cancer increases the risk, and genetic counseling can be an important step for those with multiple family members affected by the disease.

Lifestyle and Environmental Factors

Lifestyle choices, including smoking, obesity, and a diet high in red and processed meats, have been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace, like those used in the dry-cleaning and metalworking industries, may also elevate the risk.

Age, Gender, and Race Statistics

Lifestyle choices, including smoking, obesity, and a diet high in red and processed meats, have been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace, like those used in the dry-cleaning and metalworking industries, may also elevate the risk.

Other Medical Factors

Lifestyle choices, including smoking, obesity, and a diet high in red and processed meats, have been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace, like those used in the dry-cleaning and metalworking industries, may also elevate the risk.

Understanding these risk factors is essential in the fight against pancreatic cancer, and while they do not determine a person's fate, being aware can lead to earlier screening and intervention for those at higher risk.

Early Detection for Pancreatic Cancer Can Save Your Life.

Don't wait for symptoms. Our leading-edge evaluations pinpoint pancreatic cancer at its earlieststages,  offering you the best chance of successful treatment.

Personalized treatment plans designed by expert oncologists.

Access to cutting-edge therapies and clinical trials.

Compassionate, patient-centered care throughout your journey.

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Stereotactic MRI-Guided Adaptive Radiotherapy.

After eight years of clinical use, MRIdian has treated more than 18,000 patients and BASS Cancer Center is thrilled to bring this precise cancer treating technology to Walnut Creek, CA.

By delivering accurate, precise and personalized cancer treatment, MRIdian is changing the radiotherapy paradigm. MRIdian is the only radiotherapy solution that can see and track soft tissue and tumors in real time.

MRIdian’s SmartVISION delivers high-definition, diagnostic-quality imaging designed specifically to maintain high-fidelity beam delivery while virtually eliminating the risks of skin toxicities, trapped or distorted dose and other concerns that may occur when high magnetic fields interact with radiation beams.

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Pancreatic Cancer: The Silent Threat

Pancreatic cancer often hides until it's advanced, making it one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Don't let uncertainty control your future.

Early signs of pancreatic cancer can be vague or easily dismissed as other health issues. Delays in diagnosis drastically reduce treatment options and survival rates. The constant worry that 'something isn't right' can rob you of peace of mind and precious time.

Take Charge with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Evaluation

Our comprehensive evaluations utilize the latest screening technology and our oncologists' expertise to detect pancreatic cancer in its earliest stages. This knowledge empowers you to:

  • Begin potentially life-saving treatment sooner

  • Explore the widest range of treatment options, including clinical trials

  • Gain peace of mind with a clear understanding of your health

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Thriving After Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

At BASS Cancer Center, our commitment to our patients extends far beyond treatment. We strive to ensure that life post-treatment is not just about surviving but about thriving. Reinforcing a return to normalcy and improving quality of life post-treatment are core components of our care philosophy.

Life Enhancement After Recovery

Post-treatment life can be rich and fulfilling as patients rediscover the joys of activities and hobbies that may have been put on pause. Many individuals experience a renewed appreciation for life, seizing opportunities for personal growth and engaging more deeply with loved ones.

Ongoing Support and Monitoring

To maximize post-treatment wellness, we offer ongoing support, including nutritional advice, physical rehabilitation programs, and mental health services. Regular monitoring also plays a pivotal role, involving follow-up appointments and scans to keep a diligent watch for the well-being of our patients.

Support Groups and Community Connection

By connecting with others who have walked a similar path, patients find encouragement and understanding. Our center facilitates support group meetings, which offer a space for sharing experiences and strategies for coping with challenges that may arise after treatment.

Survivorship Care Plans

Each patient receives a personalized survivorship care plan, which includes a detailed account of the treatments received and a roadmap for follow-up care. This plan serves as a guide for both the patient and their primary care providers to navigate the post-treatment landscape.

Community Inspiration

Become a beacon of hope for others, demonstrating that with the right care, determination, and support, it's possible to emerge victorious against cancer.

The journey through and beyond pancreatic cancer is unique for each individual, but at BASS Cancer Center, we're dedicated to illuminating the path to a vibrant and hopeful future.

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Stories of Strength: Real Stories, Real Results.

“ I had been coming to BASS Cancer Center for almost a year now and every time I come here, it’s always a very nice experience. Dr. Chao, my oncologist is very kind and always accommodating when it comes to all my questions regarding my health. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to what to do to properly manage my condition. Also, a big shout out to all his staff who are all accommodating and very friendly.”

JM / Verified Patient

“ Finished my 28 days of treatment and found the staff to be committed to easing a patient’s concerns about the process. They help you deal with the physical and mental difficulties that arise from subjecting your body to radiotherapy. I greatly appreciate what they’ve done for me.”

TR / Verified Patient

“ It's difficult to adequately express my positivity about  BASS. Everything about this group is better than any other experience with other medical facilities. Time spent in the waiting lobby says a lot. Clearly I'm not alone.Respect, kindness, competence.  That's BASS! ”

MM / Verified Patient

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Frequently Asked Questions
for Pancreatic Cancer?

What are the early signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

Early signs can be subtle and include jaundice, abdominal or back pain, unexplained weight loss, and a change in stool consistency or color. It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms.

How is pancreatic cancer diagnosed?

Diagnosis typically involves a combination of imaging tests like CT scans or MRIs, blood tests, biopsies, and endoscopic ultrasounds to examine organs and take tissue samples.

What are the stages of pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is categorized into four main stages, from I to IV, with stage I indicating a smaller, localized tumor and stage IV indicating cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

Is pancreatic cancer hereditary?

While most cases of pancreatic cancer are not hereditary, a small percentage may be linked to genetic factors. Family history of pancreatic cancer and certain genetic syndromes can increase risk.

Are there dietary recommendations during treatment?

Nutritional needs can vary, but a common recommendation is a high-calorie, high-protein diet to help maintain weight and support recovery. A dietitian specialized in cancer care can provide guidance.

What treatment options are available?

Treatment depends on the stage and can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapies, and immunotherapy. Treatments may be combined to achieve the best outcome.

How long will treatment last?

Treatment duration varies based on the individual case and the combination of therapies used. Your oncologist will outline a treatment plan with expected timeframes.

Will I be able to work during treatment?

Many patients can work during treatment, but it depends on the individual’s health status and the type of treatment they are receiving. Adjustments may be needed to accommodate your energy levels and schedule.

Where can I find support and resources?

BASS Cancer Center offers support groups, educational resources, and access to care teams who can assist in managing the emotional and physical aspects of the disease. National organizations like the American Cancer Society also provide resources for patients and caregivers.

Expertise and Compassion

At BASS Cancer Center, you will find a knowledgeable and compassionate team of healthcare professionals dedicated to providing the best possible care for pancreatic cancer patients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Chao is a highly experienced and trusted pancreatic cancer radiation oncologist with over 14 years of experience in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. BASS utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques and cancer fighting technology to ensure the best possible outcomes for all patients.

BASS Cancer Center has made it a priority to invest in the best possible cancer treating technology for it's cancer patients.

Located in Northern California in Walnut Creek at 575 Lennon Ln, STE 153, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

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Pancreatic Cancer Treatment in Walnut Creek California