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PANCREATICA

To learn the meaning of Pancreatica, let’s take a historical look at the language and medical terminology of the pancreas.

Although the largest pancreatic artery which supplies nutrient to the main pancreatic duct is now referred to as the great (or greater) pancreatic artery, this structure has historically been known as the arteria pancreatica magna. In discussing this artery, Henry Gray in his first English edition of ANATOMY — The Anatomic Basis of Medicine and Surgery (J.W. Parker and Son, London, 1858) reports, “One of these, larger than the rest, is given off from the splenic (artery) near the left extremity of the pancreas; it runs from left to right near the posterior surface of the gland, following the course of the pancreatic duct, and is called the pancreatica magna.” In the Latin language, pancreatica is the feminine for the English word: pancreatic. (And pancreatico is the masculine for the English word: pancreatic). Pancreatica has the same Latin meaning and gender-divisions in the modern day languages of Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. We appreciate the sound and metre of the word, and enjoy its resonance and symbolism. It is our hope that this website will act as a vessel for the delivery of accurate and timely information to those in need.

ABOUT US

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.

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

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

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!

Genetic Testing for Pancreatic Cancer

PROPOSED: Every newly diagnosed person with pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas) should receive genetic screening prior to beginning treatment – to test for germline genetic mutations in the homologous recombination DNA repair pathway, including genes such as BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2, and others. These results, in from 12% to 17% of pancreatic cancer patients, suggest that treatment that includes DNA cross-linking agents such as platinum compounds or PARP inhibitors may be superior to standard best practices therapy.


OFFER: Color Genomics offers a 30-gene cancer panel for $224 (normally $249) when the Promotion Code “PANCREATIC” is entered at checkout (price will reduce upon entering this code). This is a physician-ordered saliva kit. Click Here for more information

RATIONALE: The age of precision medicine in pancreatic cancer is approaching … [MORE]

Our mission is to promote awareness, increase education, and further pancreatic cancer research, specifically research aimed at early diagnosis.

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. Studies show that death rates for pancreatic cancer are increasing while for most other cancers they are declining.
It’s time to change these statistics!

Early diagnosis is key:
Survival increases dramatically if patients are diagnosed in time for surgery!

For medical information Click Here for our sister site Pancreatica.org

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Participate in #GivingTuesday for Pancreatic Cancer on December 3rd 2019!! 

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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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