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.
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Pancreatic cancer
...is the most aggressive of the major cancers, has the highest mortality rate, and the LEAST funded. There are no early detection tests.
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Pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all cancers. This year, an estimated 56,770 adults (29,940 men and 26,830 women) in the United States will be diagnosed.
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CONFRONTING PANCREATIC CANCER

Join us in our effort to fight pancreatic cancer. Donations allow for timely delivery of critical information about pancreatic cancer.

The mission of the 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit organization (Tax ID 77-0569948) Cancer Patients Alliance (“CPA”) is focused on improving health outcomes for cancer patients through cancer education, addressing health disparities and enabling cancer patients and their families to become active partners in their medical care. CPA achieves positive change through traditional and non-traditional public health methods to work with, hear from and educate target populations, establish resources, reduce barriers, strengthen the safety-net and by presenting a serious call-to-action to the medical community.

CPA 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. CPA’s 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 for Salinas Valley’s underserved.

Additionally, CPA has founded and supports the information-intensive web resources known as Pancreatica.org and NETumor.net in order to provide current, credible and comprehensive information about pancreatic cancer, and related neuroendocrine tumors.

Our Philosophy About Pancreatic Cancer

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

Recently, a seasoned specialist told us that we had the highest social good to donation ratio that they had ever seen in any non-profit. We put all donations to serious use toward the mission of fighting pancreatic cancer. Less than 8% of donated funds are used for management expenses.

 

 

Pancreatic Cancer

The pancreas is a small, spongy organ which lies just under the curvature of the stomach and deep within the abdomen. The function of the pancreas is a complicated, but one could say that it primarily does two things …

Medical Treatment

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…

Surgical Treatment

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…

Symptoms

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) …

Causes

The true specific cause of pancreatic cancer in an individual is generally never known. But there are population level studies which demonstrate associations between specific behaviors or characteristics and pancreatic cancer. And pancreatic cancer is more common in some families …

Neuroendocrine

Neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas (islet cell tumors) including carcinoid 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…

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

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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]

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

 

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

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.