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Cancer Patients Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity.

Cancer Patient Alliance’s mission is to improve health outcomes for cancer patients through cancer education, addressing health disparities, and enabling cancer patients and their families to become active participants in their medical care.

Cancer Patient Alliance was founded in 2001 in Monterey County, California by physicians and community members alarmed at the lack of sufficient, reliable information to enable cancer patients to be partners in their medical care. Cancer Patient Alliance experience is in initiating innovative, community approaches that build on creating collaborations with organizations and health providers and engaging the community to address diversity in cancer care.

 

Pancreatic cancer is the least funded cancer in terms of research. Despite causing enormous mortality, pancreatic cancer receives (on a mortality basis) much less funding for research than most of the other major cancers. Currently, there is no molecular marker or genetic screening tool to aid in the earlier diagnosis or screening of pancreatic cancer. The treatment results would improve significantly if this cancer could be diagnosed at an earlier stage. Pancreatic cancer will cause more than 40,000 deaths in the U.S. this year OR more than 1% of all U.S. mortality. It also causes twice this number of deaths annually in Europe. Despite the huge toll, people often do not understand the full magnitude of this disease.

Pancreatic cancer receives much less funding for research than most of the other major cancers.

Cancer Patients Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization led by a Medical Director and a five-member scientific board of highly regarded specialists in oncology from around the world.

The mission of the Foundation is to promote awareness, increase education, and further pancreatic cancer research. Specifically, the programs supported by the Foundation are aimed at:

  • Promoting education
  • Community awareness
  • Advocacy
  • Providing the most current medical research results for patients, physicians and researchers

Initiatives


Salinas Valley Alliance for Cancer
SVAC is an initiative involving alliance with the members of the local Monterey County community to better insure adequate cancer treatment and care for Latinos, farm workers, immigrants, and generally the underserved. This includes help with medical access, help toward resources that provide for treatment expenses, help with finishing initial treatment, help with overcoming logistics (transportation, child care, etc.), help with obstacles (language, cultural, etc.), and help with follow-up after initial treatment.

Pancreatica.org
The purpose of this site is to serve as a worldwide gathering point on the Internet for the latest news and disinterested information in regard to clinical trials and other responsible medical care in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Additionally, our aim is to present impartial knowledge about pancreatic cancer where interested parties can sort through a large amount of information efficiently in order to give a sense of the range of existing treatment options, to aid patient/doctor partnerships, and thus to help optimize personal treatment strategies.

ToFightCancer.com
The Pancreatica Walks and Runs initiative is our fundraising program where participants pledge to raise money by walking or running in one of our suggested nationwide events, or any event of choice.  This is a wonderful opportunity to help in the fight against pancreatic cancer while doing something remarkable, contributing to a good cause, being an example for others to be inspired to action.

NETumor.net
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 – although autopsy indicates that there may be a higher incidence of these islet cell tumors than are diagnosed.

CancerPACT.org
The aim of the Cancer Patients Alliance for Clinical Trials (CancerPACT.org) initiative of Cancer Patients Alliance is to increase Latino and other minority participation (including farm workers and indigenous peoples) in adult cancer clinical trials, and to increase access and improve cancer care for them, including screening and prevention. Under the rubric of the ad hoc Salinas Valley Bridge for Cancer Prevention (SVBridge) and the Salinas Valley Alliance for Cancer (SVAC) as convened by our organization and including a number of local stakeholders and key safety-net providers including the Stanford Cancer Center, we target for support the medically underserved with cancer in the Salinas Valley area of Monterey County, California. Local hospital and health providers provide cancer trial participation, and give access to data that permit us to assess the effectiveness of our efforts.

CancerPACTS.org
The aim of Cancer Patients Alliance for Clinical Trials & Survivorship (CancerPACTS.org) initiative is to serve as a training tool and ongoing support initiative for those navigators who work with us in supporting Latinos and the medically underserved with cancer. This primarily includes working with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in select cities in the west and southwest areas of the United States. Currently, we are concentrating these efforts in Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Salinas, California; Denver, Colorado; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

More About Pancreatica.org

Pancreatica.org is dedicated to confronting pancreatic cancer and creating optimal treatment strategies for pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones. Pancreatica.org is a top-rated internet resource containing unique educational resources for patients, their caregivers, physicians and researchers, including a Medical Literature section that displays an impressive concentration of scientific articles. Our aim is to present impartial knowledge about pancreatic cancer where interested parties can sort through a large amount of information efficiently in order to provide a sense of the range of existing treatment options, to aid patient/doctor partnerships, and thus to help optimize personal treatment strategies.

Receiving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is serious news. For some, conventional surgical and /or medical therapy is the best option. For many of those with more advanced disease, putting one’s affairs in order and seeking that medical attention which will help insure physical and emotional comfort, is the correct and most responsible decision. But for others who wish to fight, it is important to know that there are options. There have never been this many options. The odds, depending on the type and extent of the tumor, may not be great, but fighting these odds may increase survival and may even provide an increased sense of well-being. And some people find meaning in the fight itself.

We trust that Pancreatica.org can provide the kind of information that is necessary to begin the search for personalized optimal treatment strategies for pancreatic cancer.

About ToFightCancer.com

When participating to help fight pancreatic cancer, you work to raise money by participating in a walk or run, honoring a loved one, or choosing any creative activity that you like! There are so many ways to support pancreatic cancer, and the choice is yours!

Walk, Run, or Choose your own!

Set up a fundraising page to join the fight against pancreatic cancer. We will be in touch, and be with you all the way!

Our science board is composed of:

James Abbruzzese, MD Chief, Medical Oncology Duke University

Markus Büchler, MD Chairman, Surgery Heidelberg University, Germany

Ralph Hruban, MD Director, GI / Liver Pathology Johns Hopkins University

Eileen O’Reilly, MD Associate Director for Clinical Research – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Margaret Tempero, MD Chief, Medical Oncology University of California at San Francisco

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All DONATIONS are tax-deductible

Our Philosophy About Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a serious disease. Taking an aggressive rational stance at the earliest possible time, supported by the best medical team, and treated in the most appropriate manner gives the best chance for survival.

We believe in strong patient-physician bonds, scientifically-based 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.

MONTHLY MEMORIAL GIFTS:  YOUR TRIBUTE TO A LOVED ONE

Regular giving can be an opportunity to pay tribute in honour of a loved one. Your monthly gift will go directly to promoting awareness, increasing education, furthering pancreatic cancer research aimed at early diagnosis and, helping patients and families impacted by the effects of pancreatic cancer.

Simply select “Monthly” after choosing the amount you would like to give on the donation form.

Most of our fundraisers, supporters, and volunteers, have been in one way or another, personally effected by this disease. We want to acknowledge what hardships you may have gone through (or are currently facing) and sincerely thank you for visiting our site!

Join us in our effort to fight pancreatic cancer. Donations go directly to promoting awareness, increasing education, furthering pancreatic cancer research aimed at early diagnosis and, helping patients and families impacted by the effects of pancreatic cancer. All Donations are tax-deductible. 

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Making IMPACT for Pancreatic Cancer Together!

MONTHLY MEMORIAL GIFTS:
Support Pancreatic Cancer Research!

Regular giving can be an opportunity to pay tribute in honour of a loved one. Your monthly gift will go directly to promoting awareness, increasing education, furthering pancreatic cancer research aimed at early diagnosis and, helping patients and families impacted by the effects of pancreatic cancer.

Simply select “Monthly” after choosing the amount you would like to give.

Cancer Patients Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Initiatives include, ToFightCancer.com and Pancreatica.org. All Donations are tax-deductible.

Pancreatic cancer is expected to become the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death by the year 2020. There are many reasons why the outcome for pancreatic cancer patients is much bleaker than for most other cancer types. There are no reliable methods to detect the disease early, and there are very few effective treatment options.

There remains a dire need for more research and an increase in focused funding for pancreatic cancer. Your Donation will go directly to promoting awareness, increasing education, and furthering pancreatic cancer research aimed at early diagnosis.

This year an estimated 57,600 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Approximately 47,050 Americans are expected to die from the disease. There are many reasons why the outcome for pancreatic cancer patients is bleaker than for most other cancer types. There are no reliable methods to detect the disease early, and there are very few effective treatment options. Which is why we are so focused on supporting research for early diagnosis.

Together with You our Mission is to promote awareness, increase education, and further pancreatic cancer research aimed at early diagnosis.

 

CREATE YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER FOR PANCREATIC CANCER !

Create your own fun, choose something you already love to support pancreatic cancer! Simply set up your participation page, include the details of your fundraiser on your page, and get the word out!

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