Pancreatic Tissue Registry

Cancer registries are databases of cancer information that are used for research. They offer people the chance to participate in research that helps find new cancer treatments and cures. Registries also give researchers valuable data on how cancer works.

Oregon Pancreatic Tissue Registry

As one of the nation’s largest pancreatic tumor registries, we seek to advance research in early detection, treatment and the promotion of lifestyle changes and surveillance strategies for patients and families who may have a high risk for developing pancreatic cancer.

The Oregon Pancreatic Tissue Registry (OPTR) was established in 2007 by Dr. Brett Sheppard at the Digestive Health Center and the Department of Surgery at the Oregon Health and Science University.

The goals of the OPTR are:

Patient Care

Research is a part of our multidisciplinary approach to care at OHSU. The OPTR provides an opportunity to participate in a long-term research registry with a special focus on the hereditary causes of pancreatic tumors.


An educational resource for both patients and healthcare providers, the OPTR supplies topical, practical information on pancreatic cancer screening and inherited syndromes that may increase the risk for pancreatic tumor development.

Innovative Research

An important goal of the OPTR is to better understand the causes of pancreatic tumors, which will help to improve screening methods and refine treatment options. As the OPTR grows, the opportunities for new and original research will improve.

Tumors, blood and pancreatic ductal fluid donated by surgical patients provide a biospectrum repository for current and future research that will improve screening methods and enhance pancreatic cancer treatments.

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