Meet Dr. Rebecca Minter Pancreatic Cancer Specialist in Dallas
- Holder of the:
- Alvin Baldwin, Jr. Chair in Surgery
Rebecca Minter, M.D., is an internationally recognized surgeon who specializes in the treatment of diseases of the pancreas, including pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cysts, and pancreatitis.
Advances in treatments offered at UT Southwestern Medical Center mean people with pancreatic cancer have more reason than ever to be optimistic, Dr. Minter says.
“There is growing hope for patients with this disease,” she says. “We have increasingly better therapies for cancer of the pancreas, we’re able to take more patients to surgery to treat it, and the operations performed, even though often large, are performed safely and with fewer complications for patients.”
Dr. Minter has extensive experience in treating locally advanced pancreatic cancer and performs both minimally invasive and open pancreatectomy – the surgical removal of the pancreas – as well as a number of other procedures to treat gastrointestinal cancers.
Dr. Minter is one of few surgeons in the region who performs complex vascular reconstruction in the treatment of pancreatic cancer
“When appropriate, we’re able to remove and reconstruct blood vessels affected by pancreatic cancer,” she says. “This sophisticated surgery is something unique that our UT Southwestern team can offer to some patients with more advanced disease.
Board certified, Dr. Minter also has expertise in surgically managing cancerous and noncancerous conditions of the bile duct, gallbladder, stomach, and duodenum.
The key to optimal treatment, she notes, is having an integrated, multidisciplinary approach.
“Because many of our patients need a gastroenterologist, a surgeon, an oncologist, a radiation oncologist, a nutritionist, a geneticist, or other types of specialists, we try to determine what appointments, tests, and therapies they’ll require – and in what order – and facilitate everything so it’s as smooth and efficient for them as possible,” Dr. Minter says.
“By working with our colleagues in Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and other related specialties to sequence the care we provide, we optimize the chance of cure while minimizing negative side effects for patients. Having a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to patient care is what makes that possible, and I really enjoy it.”
Dr. Minter also gets a lot of satisfaction from her relationships with patients.
“I like to get to know my patients as people and be available to them,” she says. “Cancer is a scary, difficult thing with a lot of tests and treatments, and I want patients to know that I’m approachable and willing to answer any questions they or their families might have at any time.”
“We focus on what our patients need and wrap our team of specialists around them.”