• Over 50,000 people in the U.S. receive the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas) annually; there are twice this number in Europe
• More than 40,000 Americans die annually due to pancreatic cancer
• Although there have been small improvements in survival duration in recent years, unlike many other cancers pancreatic cancer survival has tended to resist gain over the years
• Pancreatic cancer is now the third highest cause of cancer death in the U.S. (after colorectal and lung cancer)
• About 1% of all death in the U.S. for any reason is due to pancreatic cancer; probably 10% of the people that you know have lost someone important to them because of pancreatic cancer
• Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality of any of the other major cancers. Only about 8% of patients will live as long as 5 years
• The average life expectancy after diagnosis with advanced stage pancreatic cancer (about 85% of patients) with good treatment in the U.S. now appears to be approaching eight months
• The causes of pancreatic cancer are not well understood. Risk factors possibly include smoking, a family history of pancreatic cancer, obesity, race, diet, heavy drinking, pancreatitis, and recent onset diabetes. There is more information Here
• Pancreatic cancer in the early stages typically causes vague nonspecific symptoms. These symptoms and signs may include poor appetite, weight loss, abdominal or back pain, jaundice (yellowish eyes and skin, dark colored urine and/or light colored bowel movements) with or without itching, fatigue, nausea, and sometimes even depression
• Lack of a method for the earlier diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is one major reason why the disease is so difficult. If it could be found earlier, for example, the treatment option for many or most pancreatic cancer would likely be surgery, which would go a long way toward making pancreatic cancer more like other cancers – with likely much better survival
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
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.
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 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. Treatment results would improve significantly if this cancer could be diagnosed at an earlier stage.
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Our mission is to promote awareness, increase education, and further pancreatic cancer research, specifically research aimed at early diagnosis.
Studies show that death rates for pancreatic cancer are increasing while for most other cancers they are declining, we need change !
Pancreatica.org is a top-rated internet resource containing unique educational resources for patients, their caregivers, physicians and researchers, that displays an impressive concentration of scientific articles.
Currently, no standard marker exists to diagnose the disease in early stages. Our aim is to support the development of a marker for early diagnosis. If the disease is found even a year earlier, outcomes will begin to improve. LEARN MORE
Currently, only about 15% of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are eligible for potentially curative surgery. We need to find the disease earlier!
We are dedicated to promoting awareness, increasing education, and furthering pancreatic cancer research.