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Confronting Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer
An Introduction


Malignant cancer is a tumor (or growth) in which an aggregation of individual cells begins to grow in a rapid, uncontrolled and abnormal manner; and which may spread by aggressive local extension or by the seeding of other organs through blood vessel channels or via the lymphatic system. More Here


On the surface this would seem to be a fairly straight forward question, but as there exists the controversy of competing stage nomenclatures for pancreatic cancer stages, it is not as simple as one might think. In fact, in the U. S., universal agreement on a standardized staging system does not exist. More Here

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Genetic Testing
for Pancreatic Cancer
A Modest Proposal

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, ATM, RAD51, and others.

OFFER: Color Genomics offers a 30-gene cancer panel for $224 (normally $249) – and with a $25 discount when the Promotion Code “PANCREATIC” is entered at checkout (price will reduce upon entering this code). This is a physician-ordered saliva kit. More Information [CLICK 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 (yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark colored urine and/or light colored bowel movements)
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There are no universally agreed upon firm guidelines for medical treatment for those patients with pancreatic cancer who are not candidates for surgery or who have a recurrence of the cancer after surgical resection. More Here


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. More Here

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Pancreatic cancer is very aggressive
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Pancreatic Cancer Blog

Yesterday, European researchers and those from MD Anderson Cancer Center/ University of Texas in Houston published an article
in the prestigious journal, Nature, which carries the possibility of being a game-changer in the earlier diagnosis and consequent treatment of pancreatic cancer. More Here

Our Philosophy

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. More Here


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