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Confronting Pancreatic Cancer

Join us in our effort to fight pancreatic cancer. Your contribution allows for timely delivery of critical information about pancreatic cancer.

Medical Treatment

There are no universally agreed upon firm guidelines for medical treatment for those patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas who are not candidates for surgery or who have a recurrence of the cancer after surgical resection...

Surgical Treatment

Surgery for adenocarcinoma of the pancreas is only offered to patients whose tumor is localized and meets other criteria (please note earlier FAQ topics). Only about 15-20% of those individuals with pancreatic cancer will be found to be eligible for surgery...


Generally, the most common symptoms of adenocarcinoma of the pancreas include loss-of-appetite, weight loss, abdominal discomfort and nausea. As these are all fairly non-specific symptoms, there is often delay to the final diagnosis...


Neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas (islet cell tumors) are much less common than tumors arising from the exocrine pancreas. Reports often indicate that there are about two to three thousand cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year...


Each year approximately 45,000 people in the United States (and double this number in Europe) are now diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma). The prognosis is such that most of these people will have passed by the end of the first year...

Risk Factors

A risk factor is a variable that may tend to increase an individual’s risk of acquiring pancreatic cancer. Who we are and what we do has some effect on the diseases that we may contract. In this process, pancreatic cancer is no different from other diseases...

Our Philosophy About Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a serious disease. Taking an aggressive rational stance against pancreas cancer, at the earliest possible time, supported by the best medical team, and treated in the most appropriate manner gives the best chance for pancreatic cancer survival. We believe in strong patient-physician bonds, scientifically-based pancreatic cancer treatment, and that comfort can come from knowing that everything that reasonably can be done – is being done. That the best approach is meeting cancer of the pancreas head-on and armed with the best available information.


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CodePurple is inspired by Suzanne Wright and her fight against pancreatic cancer. During her lifetime, Suzanne dedicated herself to the most vulnerable among us. After her diagnosis, she made it her mission to fight pancreatic cancer with that same determination. More Here

Check out our Pancreatic Cancer Blog

Some pancreatic cancer patients (hereinafter referring just to those with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas) have substantially better outcomes than the majority. More Here

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Call 1-800-433-0464 for a free service that will place you in contact with a fellow survivor, or to volunteer to contact someone more recently diagnosed.