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

Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. It is expected to become the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death by the year 2020, surpassing colorectal cancer.

Pancreatic cancer has been underfunded for decades and receives less than 2% of overall cancer research funding.

Early diagnosis is key: If patients are diagnosed in time for surgery, their chance of surviving 5 years or more increases ten-fold.

MISSION

Pancreatic cancer research, education and awareness are at the core of Pancreatica.

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.

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. For example, enrolling in a clinical trial can possibly help personal survival, but it definitely will help other people.

These kinds of treatment decisions should not be taken lightly. They must be taken with the greatest of care. But options do exist. And to evaluate whether they make sense, information is needed—open, disinterested information. We trust that this site can provide the kind of information which is necessary to help begin the search for an optimal treatment strategy.

 

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


 

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.

You have likely found us either because you have pancreatic cancer, or care about someone who does.

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Check out the Suzanne Wright Foundation

CodePurpleNow is their campaign 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

Speak with a Survivor:

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.


Pancreatic Cancer Blog

One of the observations that physicians often made when the standard of care treatment typically consisted of the chemotherapy drug agent of gemcitabine alone, was that many patients with pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas) seemed to feel better after the initiation of treatment… More Here

 

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